‘Ain’t No Mountain’ Singer Nick Ashford — Dead at 69

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Motown legend Nickolas Ashford — part of the singer-songwriter duo Ashford and Simpson — who penned several iconic hits, including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” — died yesterday after a battle with throat cancer.

In addition to “Ain’t No Mountain”, Ashford co-wrote several songs with his wife Valerie Simpson — including, “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing”, “Solid (As a Rock),” “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)” and “I’m Every Woman.”

The Songwriters Hall of Fame inducted Ashford and Simpson in 2002 — calling them “one of the most prolific and versatile musical couples in recording history.”

Ashford was 69.