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Native Michigander R & B legend Nick Ashford passes at age 70

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Motown and R and B Legend Nick Ashford
passed August 22, 2011, at the age of 70

WXYZ.com has reported that R & B legend Nick Ashford, one-half of the legendary Motown singer duo Ashford and Simpson raised in Ypsilanti, Michigan bed-ford community of Willow Run, died Monday at age 70, his former publicist Liz Rosenberg noted stated.


A graduate and Hall of Fame inductee of class of 1959 at Willow Run High School in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Ashford grew up in the Appleridge neighborhood.

Ashford, an elegant songwriter, wrote soulful classics for the likes of Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye and many top charted funk hits, passed in a New York City hospital. He had been suffering from throat cancer and had undergone radiation treatment.

Ashford along with his songwriting and singer wife Valerie Simpson, had some of their greatest success with classics like "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "Reach Out And Touch Somebody's Hand" by Diana Ross , "You're All I Need To Get By" by Gaye and Tammi Terrell and the anthem "I'm Every Woman" by Chaka Khan (and later remade by Whitney Houston).

Perhaps Ashford biggest known hit sung by him and wife Valerie, the 1980s hit "Solid As A Rock."

Reach Out Job Search News sends our condolences to Ashford's to his wife Valerie Simpson and their two daughters.


Video from Nick Ashford's last birthday celebration on May 5, 2011 via Sugarbar NYC You Tube-RIP Mr. Ashford~

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