Nick Ashford Remembered By Fellow Musicians
Nick Ashford, of the songwriting duo Ashford and Simpson, who wrote many Motown classics died Monday. He was 70.
Ashford and his wife, Valerie Simpson, penned the hits "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "You're All I Need to Get By" and "Reach Out and Touch Somebody's Hand."
The entertainment community expressed their sadness on Twitter.
Lenny Kravitz wrote, “Left rehearsal. Heard Nick Ashford passed. A legend. My heart goes out to Valerie. My Lord, ain't no mountain high enough. Solid as a rock.”
MC Hammer also took to Twitter, writing, “Nick Ashford (RIP) your songs and melodies touched millions of lives and will never fade. We #Salute your Life.”
Drew Lachey, former member of 98 Degrees, wrote, “So sad to hear that Nick Ashford passed away. A truly great songwriter.”
Hip hop artist Talib Kweli wrote “Love will fix it. RIP Nick Ashford.”
Singer-songwriter Carole King wrote, “R.I.P. Nick Ashford. Tremendous legacy of songs, voice, and spirit. Love and deepest sympathy to Valerie & family.”
Russell Simmons wrote, “R.I.P. Nick Ashford has left his body Most cannot see his everlasting spirit, but the eyes behind the eyes remain w/us.”
Musicians weren’t the only ones who spoke out on their admiration for Ashford. Actors and filmmakers also took to Twitter to write about their sadness of his passing.
Filmmaker Spike Lee wrote, “Sad Morning.We lost another Giant yesterday,The Great NICK ASHFORD. Nick, along with his Wife Valerie Simpson wrote amazing Songs.”
Actress Kerry Washington wrote, “Heartfelt prayers to Valerie Simpson. And family. Rest in PEACE Nick Ashford. Profound loss... Profound talent.”
Cedric the Entertainer wrote, “Much Love n Rest in Peace to Nick Ashford of Ashford&Simpson. Great singer,songwriter of many generations. ‘Is it Still good to ya’”