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Nick Ashford, Motown Songwriter, Ex-Westporter

WESTPORT, Conn. – Nick Ashford, who with wife Valerie Simpson comprised the Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson, died Monday at the age of 70, The Associated Press reported. According to Westport Now , Ashford and Simpson lived in Westport for 33 years.

The couple, who lived on the corner of Cross Highway and Bayberry Lane, wrote songs for a variety of artists. Some of their biggest hits include "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "Reach Out and Touch Somebody's Hand," both performed by Diana Ross, "You're All I Need To Get By," performed by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, and "I'm Every Woman," performed by Chaka Khan and later remade by Whitney Houston.

The duo, married for 38 years, was also known for the 1980s hit "Solid as a Rock," which they wrote and performed. In 2002, Ashford & Simpson were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

In addition to Simpson, Ashford is survived by two daughters.

Read the full story by The Associated Press here .

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