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RIP Jerry Lieber & Nickolas Ashford
Wow. We lose two of the alltime great songwriters within 24 hours. http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/sns-nick-ashford-obit-082211,0,5493748.story was of course half of Ashford & Simpson, and besides their own songs, he and his wife were responsible for most of those awesome Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell duets in the late sixties. 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough', etc. Fabulous songs. The songs they did themselves were good ones too. Sad.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/la-me-jerry-leiber-20110823,0,6423751.story was the lyrical half of Lieber & Stoller. Those guys teamed up with the Coasters for so many good songs and so much fun. 'Yakety Yak', don't talk back now. Another great.

Both Ashford and Lieber were recently profiled on CBS Sunday Morning, so any songwriters that have been on recently, please be careful!