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Kayne West

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Motown Songwriter Nick Ashford Dies at 70

Nick Ashford

Nick Ashford, the Motown hitmaker who penned such classics as "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "You're All I Need to Get By" with wife Valerie Simpson, has died. He was 70.

Ashford, who had battled throat cancer, died Monday at a New York hospital with his family by his side, his rep told Reuters.

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A South Carolina native, Ashford met Simpson in a Harlem church in 1963 and the two decided to write songs together. Three years later, they scored ...
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