Tuesday, August 23, 2011

R.I.P. Nicholas Ashford, Sang backing vocals on "Sunny"

Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson sang on "Sunny" along with Melba Moore.

Good thoughts out to Valerie.
Rest in peace, Nick.



Nick Ashford, half of the Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson that penned elegant, soulful classics for singers Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye and funk hits for Chaka Khan and others, died Monday, his former publicist said. He was 70.

Ashford, who along with wife Valerie Simpson wrote some of Motown's biggest hits, died in a New York City hospital, said publicist and longtime friend Liz Rosenberg. He had throat cancer.

We also lost Gene McDaniels (Hundred Pounds Of Clay; roberta Flack's "Feel Like Makin' Love) early in August; he lived about an hour away in York Beach, Maine.

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