RIP Jerry Leiber, Nick Ashford

23 08 2011

Half of one of rock-and-roll’s most famous songwriting teams, Jerry Lieber, most famous for his work with Mike Stoller, has died at age 78.  He penned such classics as “Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Stand By Me,” to name a few.

Another songwriting legend, Nick Ashford, who partnered with Valerie Simpson, both as a songwriter and performer, has also passed.  Ashford was 70.  As a songwriter, he’s probably best known  for the hits he (co)wrote for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell,  “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” and “You’re All I Need to Get By.” “Solid” was one his bigger hits as a performer with Simpson.  He was key to Motown’s late 60’s success.





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