Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Ashford and Leiber

From the New York Times:

Nick Ashford, who with Valerie Simpson, his songwriting partner and later wife, wrote some of Motown’s biggest hits, like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough“ and “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” and later recorded their own hits and toured as a duo, died Monday at a hospital in New York City. He was 70 and lived in Manhattan.

Nick Ashford, of Motown Writing Duo, Dies at 70 (New York Times)
And from the Los Angeles Times:
Jerry Leiber, who with his songwriting partner Mike Stoller, created a songbook that infused the rock ’n’ roll scene of the 1950s and early ’60s with energy and mischievous humor, has died. He was 78.

Jerry Leiber dies at 78; lyricist in songwriting duo Leiber and Stoller (Los Angeles Times)
Just a dozen Leiber-Stoller songs: “Charlie Brown,” “Hound Dog,” “Is That All There Is?,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Love Potion Number Nine,” “Kansas City,” “On Broadway” (with Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil), “Poison Ivy,” “Riot in Cell Block Number Nine,” “Searchin’,” “Stand By Me” (with Ben E. King), and “Yakety Yak.”

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