Tuesday, August 23, 2011

RIP: Nick Ashford & Jerry Leiber

The world lost not one, but two, iconic songwriters yesterday. Nick Ashford, of the songwriting team Ashford & Simpson, and Jerry Leiber both lost battles to disease in the past few days.

Nick Ashford was known for penning many R&B/disco classics with his partner Valerie Simpson, including "Solid as a Rock", "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", among many others. He died late last night from throat cancer, he was 69.

"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" as performed by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

Jerry Leiber wrote many early rock 'n roll classics, he also had a songwriting partner, Mike Stoller. Together, they wrote "Love Potion No. 9", "Stand By Me" and "Jailhouse Rock", as well as many many other classics. He passed away after a short battle with cardiopulmonary failure, he was 78.

"Love Potion No. 9" as performed by The Searchers

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