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Two giants of pop-music songwriting, Jerry Leiber and Nick Ashford, died on Monday (Aug. 22).

Leiber, 78, died in Los Angeles of cardio-pulmonary failure. Ashford, who was 70, died in New York after suffering from throat cancer.

With partner Mike Stoller, Leiber wrote dozens of early rock 'n' roll hits for artists including the Drifters, the Coasters and Elvis Presley, who had No. 1 singles with several of their songs, including "Jailhouse Rock," "Hound Dog" and "Don't."

Some of the duo's other classics include "Kansas City," "Yakety Yak," "Love Potion No. 9," "I'm a Woman," "Stand by Me" (which they wrote with singer Ben E. King), "On Broadway" and "Charlie Brown." They were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

Ashford and Valerie Simpson began as a songwriting team for Motown Records and wrote or produced some of the label's all-time great songs, including "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Ain't Nothing Like »

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