On Monday, we lost a true musical legend when Nick Ashford succumbed to throat cancer in New York City at the age of 70. He was a legendary songwriter, producer, and performer, always with his wife, Valerie Simpson, at his side. He was rescued from homelessness when he was put on staff at Motown Records, where he and his wife penned hits for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Gladys Knight and The Pips, Ray Charles, and Chaka Khan.
When they broke out on their own, as Ashford & Simpson, he and Valerie dominated R&B with songs like “Found A Cure” and “Solid.” And, much like the artists who emerged in the glamorous 1970’s, Nick Ashford always looked friggin’ amazing. Always sporting a long, dark mane, striking eyes, and a sleek, chic style that matched David Bowie, Little Richard, and his own wife! Seriously, you couldn’t beat this guy in the clothing department. He knew how to look good, feel good, and sing even better.
So, without further ado, here are 30 pictures of Nick Ashford looking supa dupa fly: