EW Staff
August 26, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The music world has lost two greats. Jerry Leiber, the lyricist of the prolific songwriting duo Leiber and Stoller (they penned songs turned into hits by Elvis, Peggy Lee, and countless others), passed away Aug. 22 at age 78 of cardiopulmonary failure. That same day, Nick Ashford, of the Motown husband-wife duo Ashford & Simpson, died of complications related to throat cancer; he was 70. Both men leave behind a canon of iconic 20th-century music. Below, EW singles out a few essentials from each artist’s vast catalog.

Leiber (with songwriting partner Mike Stoller)
”Hound Dog,” Elvis Presley (1956)
”Ruby Baby,” The Drifters (1956)
”Jailhouse Rock,” Elvis Presley (1957)
”Poison Ivy,” The Coasters(1959)
”Love Potion No. 9,” The Clovers (1959)
”There Goes My Baby,” The Drifters (1959)
”Spanish Harlem,” (with Phil Spector) Ben E. King (1960)
”Stand by Me,” Ben E. King (1961)
”Is That All There Is?,” Peggy Lee (1969)

Ashford (with wife/songwriting partner Valerie Simpson)
”Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell (1967)
”Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell (1968)
”California Soul,” Fifth Dimension (1968)
”Destination: Anywhere,” Marvelettes (1968)
”You’re All I Need to Get By,” Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell (1968)
”Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand),” Diana Ross (1970)
”I’m Every Woman,” Chaka Khan (1978)

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