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Nick Ashford

Born: 1942-05-04 - Died: 2011-08-22
Cause of Death:
Throat Cancer


Death Summary: Nick Ashford died as the result of complications resulting from throat cancer in New York.

Who was Nick Ashford : Ashford was part of the singer / songwriter duo that was Ashford and Simpson. The duo, also husband and wife, penned several iconic songs over the years: Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing, Solid (As a Rock), Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand) and I'm Every Woman.

The duo began their careers as a successful writing and producing tandem, then eventually transitioned over to being performers themselves. During their early career, they wrote a couple of songs for Ray Charles, Lets Go Get Stoned and I Don't Need No Doctor, this led to them receiving attention from Motown chief Berry Gordy. Ashford & Simpson eventually signed with Motown in 1966 and were paired with Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, they wrote and or produced all but one of the singles that came out in the late 1960s.

Ashford & Simpson were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.
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46 Signatures in Nick Ashford's guestbook

  1. Anita Torrence Says:

    I was one of your biggest fans, I will continue to carry out your legacy by listening to your music. You inspired me and millions of others, let us celebrate your life.

  2. Mari M. Banks Says:

    One half of the Greatest Song Writers of ALL TIME is an UNDERSTATEMENT! They WERE as ONE! Couldn’t say ONE name without the other! Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson were GENIUSES in their OWN Right! I sure hope that the Motown Artists, whose HIT SONGS, penned by the duo, gained them fame, will give them the props, that they really DESERVE! RIP Nick. Valerie, I feel your pain. Be Strong!

  3. Carrie N.H. Gilcreast Says:

    With great sadness to one half of the Greatest song writers and group-duo that ever produced music. My heart felt sympathy to you and your family. I have always been a big fan and your music still make me grove to the beat. I was so surprise and sadden when I heard the new on 96.1 from the Almighty Mr. Jo Bullard. Nick has his angel wings and is resting in God’s great care. With prayers that through this you’ll sense the Lord comforting your heart and holding your hand, and bringing and assurance of His Love. Much Love Valerie, to you and your family. God Bless Each of You and Keep You in His Care.

  4. Carrie N.H. Gilcreast Says:

    With great sadness to one half of the Greatest song writers and group-duo that ever produced music. My heart felt sympathy to you and your family. I have always been a big fan and your music still make me grove to the beat. I was so surprise and sadden when I heard the new on 96.1 from the Almighty Mr. Jo Bullard. Nick has his angel wings and is resting in God’s great care. With prayers that through this you’ll sense the Lord comforting your heart and holding your hand, and bringing an assurance of His Love. Much Love Valerie, to you and your family. God Bless Each of You and Keep You in His Care.

  5. Teresa Pierre Says:

    I was and still is a big fan of your music. I intended on purchasing tickets for your performance two years ago at the South Orange Performing Arts Center in South Orange, New Jersey and the show was sold out, so I just stood in the lobby and listened to the great sounds. You will truly be missed!

  6. Victoria Says:

    Motown and the music industry lost another iconic and beautiful star stay strong Val.

  7. Vivian Sistrunk Says:

    I am very sorry that he isgone from this world and i wish the best for his family.

  8. Vivian Sistrunk Says:

    He was the best singer out there and will alway be the best singer ever.

  9. Mary Suggs Says:

    May God bless your family Nick because you are home with your Father. You will be well missed and i really enjoyed your music.Rest In Peace

  10. Pam Morgan Says:

    Nick we will never say good-bye

  11. Michelle Morehead Says:

    The clouds opened and God said,”Come on home, my faithful servant”!!!! Rest, Mr. Ashford, your music was, is, and will always be AWESOME!!!!! My condolences to you and your family, Mrs. Simpson-Ashford!!!!! 38 beautiful years!!!! Continue to allow God to carry you through this time!!!!

  12. Rhonda Harris Says:

    RIP Mr.NickAshford.Your music will never be forgotten.God Bless Mrs.Simpson and your family stay strong God will comfort you through your grieving period..

  13. Vanessa Hollins Says:

    May the lord be with your family.

  14. Vanessa Hollins Says:

    May the lord be with his family.

  15. Claudia Jackson Says:

    May GOD Be with you always, We all love you dear!

  16. Keith Brent Says:

    One of the greatest duos to ever grace the planet amd my heart is truly saddened with your leaving God will now be blessed as you continue your legacy in heaven

  17. Joyce Burke-Westbrook Says:

    My prayers go out to the family.

  18. Bill Morse Says:

    Dear Ms. Simpson,
    I have been a great admirer of you and your husband for many years. Your music has touched my heart in many ways. May the peace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ comfort you now and forever more. Nick will be sorely missed.

  19. felton & warrene lewis Says:

    We are and will forever be true admirers of Nick & Val. “Solid-As a Rock” has gotten us through 25 years of marriage. Nick will be greately missed. Val, our prayers are with you & your family. Stay strong and trust in God!!!

  20. Janice B. Johnson Says:

    May God bless and strenghten you (all)during this time. Thank you for sharing so much through the music that you made with Mr. Ashford (Nick). Each time I attended a concert, I was left in awe of the talent that has touched so many. Most recently in Feb., 2010, in our home state of SC, I was again amazed by the energy that was ever-present during the entire performance and so encouraged by the humility that remained a very visible part of his character. Your music and the memories will live on. My prayers are with you.

  21. james taylor Says:

    a great song writer!

  22. james taylor Says:

    a great song writter!

  23. lori rangel Says:

    Aside from being a great song writer, singer and dancer i love the fact that he had old school values that kept he and his wife together through thick and thin, and im sure those values were passed on to their daughters. how blessed we are to know there are still fine examples of love and devotion to immatate.Thanks Nick!

  24. Beverly Blair Says:

    Valerie I am so sorry for your loss.

  25. michelle hill Says:

    oh how I loved the songs you wrote and even sang with your loving wife. You are not forgotten. My condolences to your family, but also for all of us who will no longer be able to hear new work from you. Until we meet again

  26. evelyn hugley Says:

    you will be missed dearly

  27. LIZ adames Says:

    solid as a rock!!!!.

  28. MARTY & MARGI Says:

    THANK YOU FOR ADDING YOUR GOD GIVEN GIFT OF MUSIC TO OUR LIVES THROUGHOUT OUR 36 YEARS TOGETHER, 34 OF THEM AS HUSBAND & WIFE. THE 2 OF YOU HAVE TOUCHED THE LIVES & HEARTS OF TOO MANY TO COUNT. I WANT YOU TO KNOW MISS VALERIE, THAT YOU WILL BE IN OUR PRAYERS ASKING GOD TO HOLD YOU IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND. REST IN HIM, DRAW YOUR STRENGTH FROM YOUR FAITH IN HIM TO HELP EASE YOUR PAIN & SORROW. MAY ALL THE LOVING MEMORIES YOU HOLD DEAR, BE YOUR SOURCE OF COMFORT AT THIS VERY DIFFICULT TIME IN YOUR LIFE & THE LIVES OF YOUR FAMILY. PLEASE KNOW YOU’RE NOT, OR EVER ALONE. WE SHARE YOUR PAIN & SORROW. WE TRULY BELIEVE GOD THAT HAS EMBRACED NICK AND ALL OF HIS SUFFERING HAS ENDED. HE IS IN PARADISE SAVING YOU YOUR PLACE BESIDE HIM AS YOU WILL NEVER BE SEPARATED, HE IS DEEP WITHIN YOUR HEART. YOUR JOURNEY ON EARTH HASN’T ENDED YET. GOD’S PLAN FOR YOU HAS NOT BEEN FULFLLED AS OF YET. MAY EACH DAY YOU AWAKE, FIND YOU FEELING STRONGER THAN THE DAY BEFORE & EVEN STRONGER IN THE DAYS TO COME. THANK YOU BOTH FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE FOR US. GOD BLESS YOU & KEEP YOU TODAY, ALWAYS & FOREVER. AMEN.

  29. Lydia Valentine Says:

    you will be missed…. hug my mom Pauline Jennings

  30. David Louden Says:

    Nick, You and Valeries have made the world a brighter place. Your smile and heart are legendary for their goodness. You will remain in our hearts. Our love goes out to Valerie. Give them more to sing about in heaven my friend.
    Sincerely, David

  31. Quinn Worrell Says:

    Remeber both of you in college, Taladega in 1984. Thank you so very much for your message of Love in your music.
    Quinn

  32. Jan Crosby Says:

    The music you and Valarie blessed the world with will forever live in my heart. Rest in peace. My heartfelt condolence to Valarie and family.

  33. saan Says:

    You may be gone but you will never be forgotten

  34. nancy arellano Says:

    Nick ,you were the bomb back in the day…and to me…you still are

  35. Maria Says:

    Valerie

    The loss of your husband,Nick, partner and friend is felt by all of us who love your music and your 1st class entertainment…love, Maria

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  37. Judi Says:

    Most handsome man I have ever seen!!

  38. alexis blair Says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with Valerie, your children, mother and loved ones. You will continue to be loved and appreciated by so many, including your fans, like myself. Your talent and musical genius graced our lives and is cherished always. We remembered you at the Aretha Franklin concert last night. Our love is with Valerie, your love. Thank you for your work. You will be missed. God Bless.

  39. Charmine Willingham Says:

    You will truly be missed and your wife is beautiful. The both of you are truly strong examples of what a honest, strong, and solid as a rock marriage should be.

  40. James Page Says:

    Shall be greatly missed

  41. Sparks williamina Says:

    Talented man without a doubt.

  42. B.Gordy Says:

    One of the greatest, need I say more? RIP Nick, Val you are forever in our hearts!!!!

  43. Marilyn T Says:

    Ms. Valarie, know that you are still in the thoughts and prayers of many.

  44. Loleta Vinson Says:

    I miss Mr. Ashford and my prayers are with his family.

  45. Sandra Dixon Says:

    I attended your concerts every chance that I got and each one got better each time!….Rest in peace.

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