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America Mourns Death of Two Legendary Songwriters

Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011 10:29 AM

Two legendary songwriters, Jerry Leiber, 78, and Nick Ashford, 70, lost their lives yesterday, reports Newser.

Both Lieber and Ashford had backgrounds in blues and jazz and penned many of the songs that helped to shape early rock and roll in America.

Leiber worked closely with Elvis Presley. He penned “Hound Dog” and “Jailhouse Rock” among other top hits.

Ashford was known for writing Motown classics such as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “You’re All I Need to Get By,” and “Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand.”

A range of celebrated singers and bands, including Aretha Franklin, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Otis Redding, performed the songwriters’ works.

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