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Statement by Berry Gordy on the passing of Nick Ashford

I am shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of Nickolas Ashford.  He, together with his wife Valerie Simpson, wrote and produced some of the most unique and memorable songs in the Motown catalog for some of Motown’s biggest artists, such as Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell’s “You’re All I Need To Get By.”  They were most responsible for the great hits of Diana Ross’s solo career, including one of my favorites, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, ” which became Diana’s signature song. 
But more importantly to me, Nick Ashford was an all-around beautiful human being. Nick will always be a great part of the Motown family and legacy. I send my love and deepest sympathies to Val and his children.
I will remember his warm smile, his great heart and the wonderful songs he left us with.   Despite my personal sorrow, I know we will be celebrating his life forever.
Berry Gordy
Founder, Motown