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Tribute: Nick Ashford and Jerry Lieber

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the passing of two greats who contributed to the soundtrack of our lives.  Nick Ashford, with his partner Valerie Simpson, wrote some of Motown’s most romantic and best-loved hits, including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “You’re All I Need to Get By,” and “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing.”

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Here he is with Simpson, with their own hit song, “Solid as a Rock:”

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Jerry Lieber was the lyricist for 1950’s hits like “Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Love Potion Number 9,” “Yakety Yak,” and these two classics:

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Here he and his writing partner Mike Stoller appear on “What’s My Line.”

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May their memories be a blessing and their music live on forever.

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