Autograph and photo courtesy of the According2g archives.
Today has been a horrible day for music! First, news broke that songwriter Jerry Leiber (of the famous songwriting duo Leiber/Stoller) who wrote countless hits including “Hound Dog,” “Yakety Yak” and “Stand By Me” died. Hours later, Nicholas Ashford, half of the singer/songwriting duo Ashford and Simpson has died at age 70 from complications from throat cancer. Of course, Ashford and Simpson had the megahit “Solid” in the 1980s, but before that they wrote megahits such as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “I’m Every Woman” and “Reach out and Touch Somebody’s Hand.” I met Ashford and Simpson in the 1990s just one time and they were both extremely cool. My condolences go out to Valerie Simpson and their family. RIP, Nicholas! 🙁