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Issue 1084

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Motown legend Nick Ashford dies at the age of 70

Nick Ashford RIP
Nick Ashford RIP

Such sad news again. After battling against throat cancer, Nick Ashford died in a New York hospital with his family at his bedside, on 22 August.

Nick, and his wife Valerie Simpson, were responsible for composing and recording some of soul musicâs greatest hits and endearing anthems. Their work at Motown is well known via recordings by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight and so on, while others like Chaka Khan, Ray Charles and Whitney Houston also benefited from the coupleâs immeasurable talent.

Of course, the song writing legends enjoyed their own recorded success, highlighted by âSolidâ in 1984, which followed their multi-million selling albums âStreet Operaâ (recently re-issued) and âHigh Riseâ.

Nick is survived by his wife and their two daughters Nicole and Asia, and our sincere condolences go to them at this very sad time.

Sharon Davis will be paying tribute to Nick Ashford very shortly.
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