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Nick Ashford, RIP

Nick Ashford, along with his wife Valerie Simpson, was a Motown legend. Songwriters and singers, they worked with Ray Charles, Tami Terrell and Marvin Gaye. They wrote songs like "Ain't Nothing like the Real Thing" and "Ain't no Mountain High Enough" and had a performing career of their own as Ashford Simpson, scoring a hite with 1984's "Solid."

As you might have already heard, Nick passed away Monday, August 22 in New York. He was 70. He'll be sorely missed. We were lucky enough to have Nic and Valerie on our air earlier this year. Feel free to take a listen, if you like. 

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