Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson started making music together in 1963 and never stopped--whether they were taking center stage themselves or writing hit songs for the likes of Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell and Chaka Khan.
The married duo behind Solid, Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Reach Out and Touch Somebody's Hand,I'm Every Woman and You're All I Need (To Get By) has been quieted now, however. Ashford lost his battle against throat cancer on Monday, Aug. 22, and is survived by his wife and writing partner, Simpson as well as their daughters.
Since news of Ashford's passing landed, the internet has been flooded with Ashford and Simpson clips, playlists, obits and more, while Ashford's colleagues have taken to social networking sites like Twitter to pay their respects.
Folks like Busta Rhymes, Raekwon, Bryan Adams, Samantha Ronson and Ed Lover kept it simple with RIP messages for Ashford. Here are some of the other sentiments coming across the internet:
Carole King: R.I.P. Nick Ashford. Tremendous legacy of songs, voice, and spirit. Love and deepest sympathy to Valerie & family.
Lenny Kravitz: Left rehearsal. Heard Nick Ashford passed. A legend. My heart goes out to Valerie. My Lord, ain't no mountain high enough. Solid as a rock.
Russell Simmons: R.I.P. Nick Ashford has left his body. Most cannot see his everlasting spirit, but the eyes behind the eyes remain w/us.
Alicia Keys: I'm so sad that he's gone.....So many of the greatest are going to a greater place....what a legacy of infectious music... man!
MC Hammar: Nick Ashford (RIP) your songs and melodies touched millions of lives and will never fade. We Salute your Life.
Ashanti: R.I.P Nick Ashford one of the most Soulful & Amazing Singer/Songwriters Timeless Classic Music. Many Prayers & Blessings to his Family.
Monica: R.I.P. The musical genius Mr. Nick Ashford, u always encouraged, uplifted & blessed others w/ your music. Prayers to Ms. Valerie. We love u
QTip: Wow!!! R.I.P. to 1 half of one of the greatest song writing teams EVER! NICK ASHFORD!
Earth, Wind & Fire: Rest in peace to a true legend: Nick Ashford.
Peter Frampton: Now I hear we have lost Nick Ashford today. Humble Pie's 1st hit written by Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson. "I Don't Need no Doctor". RIP
Drew Lachey: So sad to hear that Nick Ashford passed away. A truly great songwriter.
Debbie Allen: My heart goes out to Valerie Simpson as we acknowledge the death of Nick Ashford
Spike Lee: Sad Morning. We lost another Giant yesterday, The Great Nick Ashford. Nick, along with his wife Valerie Simpson wrote amazing songs / My Favorite Ashford and Simpson Joints-Ain't No Mountain High Enough, You're All I Need To Get By, Your Precious, Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing sung by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)-Diana Ross. I'm Every Woman-Chaka Khan. God rest Nick's soul
Cedric the Entertainer: Much Love n Rest in Peace to Nick Ashford of Ashford&Simpson. Great singer,songwriter of many generations. "Is it Still good to ya"
Kimora Lee Simmons: RIP the Legendary Nick Ashford. Always a sweet Angel w a kind word+electric smile! Prayers+Love 2 Valerie. #NeverForgotten #SolidAsARock
Katie Couric: RIP Nick Ashford. W/his wife wrote many #Motown hits. My fave: Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing
Gayle King: Just heard about nick ashford I am so sorry to get this news my heart goes out to val and their daughters
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