Ashford, as long with his wife Valerie Simpson, made up hitmaking music duo Ashford and Simpson, who scored a #1 on the R&B charts in 1984 with “Solid”.
Ashford and Simpson also penned countless smashes for other artists, such as Chaka Khan’s “I’m Every Woman”, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, and Diana Ross’s “Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand”.
Nick Ashford had been battling throat cancer. He was 69 years old.
Jerry Leiber was also one half of an unstoppable songwriting duo. As Leiber & Stoller, he and friend Mike Stoller penned classics like “Jailhouse Rock”, “Stand by Me”, and “Love Potion No. 9″.
Leiber passed away yesterday at the age of 78 due to cardiopulmonary failure. Writing partner Mike Stoller said:
“He was my friend, my buddy, my writing partner for 61 years. We met when we were 17 years old. He had a way with words. There was nobody better. I am going to miss him.”