Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Nick Ashford RIP

Well well, when it rains it pours..

Nick Ashford from the husband and wife songwriting partnership has also died aged only 70 years old of complications from throat cancer.

Ashford was one part of Ashford & Simpson with wife and partner Valerie Simpson who together clocked up many hits for Motown artists such as Marvin Gaye, The Supremes , Chaka Khan as well as artists such as Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Teddy Pendergrass ('Is It Still Good to You'). Their partnership hit it's stride in the mid 60's with the string of hits they wrote for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell such as 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' (a song from which Amy Winehouse took a sample from for her own 'Tears Dry On Their Own') Moving through the 60's,70's and even the 1980s with their own hit 'Solid' as well as writing the monster hit 'I'm Every Woman' for Chaka Khan.

Below are a few choice cuts from a long and successful career.

*I Don't Need No Doctor - Ray Charles
*Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell
*You're All I Need to Get By - Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell
*I'm Gonna Make You Love Me - Diana Ross & The Supremes
*California Soul - The 5th Dimension
*Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing - Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell
*Destination:Anywhere - The Marvellettes

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