Nick Ashford from the married, songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson, passed away. A&S wrote Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Reach Out and Touch Somebody's Hand, and I'm Every Woman among other songs. Unless you're a young one, you might remember they wrote and performed Solid (as a Rock):
Nothing says you are solid as a rock like singing to each other in a tunnel. What was it with 80's videos and gang members?
I didn't realize that they started the Solid as Barack version and that SNL was parodying them. I thought SNL came up with it. Still, you know Ashford & Simpson were happy a black presidential nominee rhymed with one of their most famous songs. You know Soft Cell is hoping someone running in 2012 rhymes with "Tainted".