The Los Angeles Times reports that soul singer Nick Ashford died in a New York hospital on Monday from throat cancer, according to his former publicist and friend Liz Rosenberg. Nick Ashford was one half of Ashford and Simpson with wife Valerie Simpson, who together wrote such hits as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “I’m Every Woman.” In addition to the Motown hits, Ashford and Simpson were also known for their hit “Solid as a Rock.”
Following the death of Nick Ashford, long time friend Verdine White of Earth, Wind and Fire spoke about what Ashford and Simpson gave the world of music. “They had magic, and that’s what creates those wonderful hits, that magic,” said White. “Without those songs, those artists wouldn’t have been able to go to the next level.”
Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson met in 1964 in New York and scored their first big break with the Ray Charles song, “Let’s Go Get Stoned,” which caught the attention of Motown.
Nick Ashford was 70 years-old at the time of his death.