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Nick Ashford: Singer, songwriter and producer who penned a succession of Motown hits with his wife, Valerie Simpson

In the late 1960s, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell were Motown's sweet songbirds, duetting on the romantic ballads "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "Your Precious Love", "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" and "You're All I Need to Get By". These odes to the undying, eternal power of love were tailor-made by Nick Ashford and his writing partner and later wife, Valerie Simpson, and mirrored their enduring and happy relationship, the flip side to the tragic fate that would befall Terrell, who died of a brain tumour in March 1970, and Gaye, who was shot dead by his father in April 1984.

Letter from the editor: Press play, and smile

We don’t talk about music enough. Three sad stories in today’s paper got us all humming. The subsequent discussions got decidedly heated.

Motown songwriter Nick Ashford dies age 70

Nick Ashford, one half of the legendary Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson that penned elegant, soulful classics funk hits for the likes of Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and Chaka Khan, has died at the age of 70, his former publicist said.

Drake collaborates with Stevie Wonder

Drake has collaborated with Stevie Wonder on his new album.

Album: Smokey Robinson, Smokin' (Tamla / Hip-O Select)

This is the debut UK release for a 1978 live recording, which is Volume 5 in a top, top survey of the King of Motown's solo career.

Mojo honours Beach Boy and Beatle

Beach Boy Brian Wilson quoted one of his own songs to thank his fans as he was honoured at a top music awards.

Album: LMFAO, Sorry for Party Rocking (Polydor)

Stefan Kendal Gordy and Skyler Husten Gordy, respectively the son and grandson of Motown founder Berry Gordy, have presumably never had to do a day's work in their lives. So, given unlimited leisure time and unimaginable wealth, what do you do? You party, and you party non-stop.

Album: Ben L'Oncle Soul, Ben L'Oncle Soul (Motown)

At last, something good from France that doesn't feature a vocoder.

Album: LMFAO, Sorry For Party Rocking (Interscope)

LMFAO – L stands for "Laughing", O for "Off" – are the family that plays together, DJs Redfoo and SkyBlue being the son and grandson respectively of Motown founder Berry Gordy, which makes them uncle and nephew.

Album: Marvin Gaye, What's Going On: 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition (Motown)

In 1971, there were a limited number of options for a soul singer like Marvin Gaye.

Album: Marvin Gaye, What's Going On – 40th Anniversary Edition

The most perfect suite of music recorded in my lifetime.

Album: Various artists, Motown's Mowest Story 1971-73 (Light In The Attic)

The move from Motor City to California gets a bad rep but this neat digest contains one masterpiece, a couple of classics and some interesting obscurities.

Raphael Saadiq, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Raphael Saadiq and his band have just come out to play their encore and we should all be grateful that they are back on stage – not just because their performance has been brilliant, but because there would have been a stampede had they failed to return.

Album: Roy Orbison, The Monument Singles Collection: 1960-64 (Monument Legacy)

It's long been conventional to regard the gap between the fading of rock'n'roll's 1950s thunderclap and the first landing of the British Invasion in 1964 as a sort of taste vacuum in pop.

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