‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ Writer Has Died, Leaving Behind Sugar Bar on UWS

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NEW YORK - OCTOBER 25: Nicholas Ashford and Valerie Simpson attend the premiere of "For Colored Girls" at Ziegfeld Theatre on October 25, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Nicholas Ashford;Valerie Simpson
He was passionate about combining music and nightlife. Photo: Ben Gabbe/2010 Getty Images

If you don't know Nick Ashford, who died yesterday in New York, you definitely know his hit songs. Along with his wife, Valerie Simpson, Ashford wrote some of Motown's best, including "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing," along with "You're All I Need to Get By." It's upsetting news in the music world, as he was only 70 and had been undergoing radiation treatments for throat cancer, but it's also sad news for Upper West Siders, who had visited the 72nd Street restaurant and bar he opened in 1996, Sugar Bar. Grub isn't sure what this means for the establishment yet, but we'll keep you posted. Ashford was also involved with downtown's 20/20 club. [RS]