A Legend

The music world has lost another great one. Nick Ashford of the wonderful and legendary Motown songwriting duo Ashford and Simpson, died Monday, August 22nd. Many of you may be surprised to know that Nick and Valerie, the “Solid As A Rock” couple wrote many of the “Hits” that hits are still judged by today. Diana Ross’, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand, Missing you.” If you’re old enough to remember Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell crooning “You’re All I Need To Get By” and “Ain’t Nothing Like THe Real Thing”, you were listening to the heart and soul of Nick and Valerie. When Ray Charles and Joe Cocker told us to “Let’s Go Get Stoned” and Whitney and Chaka declared “I’m Every Woman.” Yep That was Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson. I’d seen them around from time to time over the years but didn’t know Valerie or Nick personally…that is beyond all that wonderful music we all know!! I know it’s cliche’ but he will be missed and as long as music is played, we’ll hear from Nick Ashford. I had the opportunity to shoot them in concert in Atlanta a couple of years ago….I’m glad I did.

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A Legend

 

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