Nick Ashford Dies, Inspiration To Method Man & Mary J Blige's "I'll Be There For You"

posted August 23, 2011 02:27:00 PM CDT | 6 comments

Nick Ashford Dies, Inspiration To Method Man & Mary J Blige's "I'll Be There For You"

One of the greatest songwriters of all time died yesterday. His work influenced hits by Meth, MC Lyte and others.

One of the original songwriters/production team of "You're All That I Need To Get By" has died. Nick Ashford of the husband-and-wife team Ashord & Simpson died yesterday (August 22) in New York City. Within the Hip Hop community, Ashford & Simpson's 1968 hit by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell was adapted by Method Man and Mary J Blige for 1994's "I'll Be There For You."

From Ashford & Simpson's own catalog, spanning several decades, Hip Hop sampled works in the form of MC Lyte's 1988 hit "Lyte As A Rock" and Zhané's "Request Line."

Ashford died from complications of throat cancer. He was 69 years old.

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