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Ashford & Simpson

Nick Ashford (born May 4, 1942, Fairfield, South Carolina) and Valerie Simpson (born Aug 26, 1946, New York City, New York) have two careers, as songwriters and as performers, with the former seemingly more important than the latter until the mid-'80s. The two met in 1964 and scored their first songwriting hit in 1966 with Ray Charles' recording of their "Let's Go Get Stoned." After a period at Scepter Records, they moved to Motown, where they wrote hits for the duo of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell ("Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing," "You're All I Need to Get By"). When Diana Ross left the Supremes for a solo career, Ashford & Simpson wrote "Reach Out and Touch Somebody's Hand" for her.

Though they cut a 1964 single ("I'll Find You") for the Glover label, their performing career was not truly launched until 1973, when they released Keep It Comin' on Motown and Gimme Something Real on Warner Bros. Their first crossover success came in 1977 with the gold-selling Send It, which contained the Top Ten R&B hit "Don't Cost You Nothing." Is It Still Good to Ya, a second gold album, contained the number two R&B hit "It Seems to Hang On" in 1978. Stay Free, their third straight gold album, contained "Found a Cure," another R&B smash that also made the Top 40 on the pop chart. A Musical Affair, in 1980, featured the hit "Love Don't Make It Right," but was not as successful as previous efforts.

Meanwhile, Ashford & Simpson continued to work with other artists, scoring successes with Ross, Chaka Khan ("I'm Every Woman"), and Gladys Knight & the Pips ("Bourgie, Bourgie," "Taste of Bitter Love"). Their own career saw a resurgence in 1984 with Solid, which went gold and produced the R&B number one "Solid" (number 12 on the pop charts), "Outta the World," and "Babies." During the late '80s and two following decades, Ashford & Simpson continued to tour and record sporadically, until complications from throat cancer took Ashford's life on August 22, 2011. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi
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Great singers writer produces strangers artist had it all an loved each other RIP Nick
loved them then,love them always,God Bless you nick,much love Valarie
Hey Joy,. Love those good songwriters. F r o m a retired English teacher.
Man when I was growing up on Saturdays was clean up day no tv just music to make it go faster and this is one of the albums my mom used to play. The WHOLE album was good. Love them good songwriting team
just make me feel good
elhenderson3 r d
Grew up loving their music before I started singing.my dad had all their tunes one day hope to sing one of their tunes with val. Rest in peace nick. Love you Junie of E.U.
June 2,1974 .The Bottom Line NYC great show. Tickets $4.00, those were the days. were you there ?
Is the drummer John Sussewell?
The ultimate musical couple:) God blessed u with a special gift from heaven. Thanks for sharing that gift with us:)
This reminds me of block parties and driving down Riverside Drive in NYC as a kid!
djwnorthstar 5 1
Timeless classic!
fdoughton3
I rock this cut in my Mustang heading to the Santa Monica beach
Used to love this song.
A and S makes me want to fall in and make love....They are AWESOME!!!
josjen3
Such a beautiful duo. Voices from heaven.
Such a blessing to have these 2 soulful and dyanamic duos bless the music industry .R.I.P. Nick!
Is it Still Good to Ya..Sent It.(Thank you)..Those ALBUMS "Help Me Be Sensitive to Romance"and" S o l i d like a Rock"..gave me the Foundation "Too Stand During the Tough time During Relationship s " . . . T h a n k You "BOTH"
Good Oldies I like it
Ashford & Simpson -- God really blessed these two. Rest, Nick.
This was truly a musical marriage made in heaven. Val, please always keep that lovin memories you guy had on the stage, to built-it up in your musical life. I really love you guys music which will live on, and on forever. RIP NICK! Blessings & Love to you all! Chief Olori Kathy, Jacksonville , Fl.
kjgoode04
I HAVE ALWAYS LOVE THESE TWO! THEY'VE PERFORMED VERY WELL AS A COUPLE AND I PRAY THAT VALERIE FINDS THE STRENGTH TO KEEP ON SANGING! RIP NICK!
dynamic duo...val has to carry on the torch alone now!
My prayers are with you Mrs. Val... I pray that GOD grants you the strength to carry on such a wonderful legacy....I' v e loved you both a very long time!!!!
aprchris22
I have always enjoyed the melodious sounds of Ashford and Simpson: He will be greatly missed, and we're blessed to have experienced such a Dynamic Duo. He is singing now in the Heavenly Choir. RIP: Nick Ashford.

newman8389jb
Nick you will truly be missed in the music world. Both of you guys was an awesome couple and your music was solid to the creation. RIP
Rip in peace Nick Ashford you will truely be miss
To repeat Mr. Bill Cosby from twitter, Thank you, Thank you and Thank you
that says it all Mr. Nick Ashford, THANK YOU
The world was a brighter place with Nick in it and now will be a little less bright. The music created together with Valerie was done with love and we in turn loved you back and will always love the music you leave behind and your footprint. We all leave a footprint on the planet and we thank you for leaving such a wonderful one. Valerie, girls and loved ones our sympathy to you and prays.
allylloyd66
I can't wait to hear Nick Ashford when I get to Heaven...
twyche7
R.I.P "Ashley Simpson" (inside lol)
Happy birthday Valerie and may God give you the stenght to carry on .RIP Nick.
reneelistsho m e s
Happy Birthday Valerie Simpson. So sad Nick isn't here to share it with you.
God bless him he will truly be missed God give his wife the strength to go on .stay strong my soulsiter.
god bless nick we lost another artist . stay strong val our prayers an thougths are with u and family your not alone be bless
I will really miss Ashford R.I.P.Love and always will love there music.
sakia60
sakia60@aol. c o m
Rest in peace Nick - We will all miss you. My love and prayers goes out to Valerie, daughters and family.
ngaines6
Thanks for the providing the soundtrack of our youth!
hazel78660
R.I.P. NICK! Nick and Valerie, thank you for the beautiful music you made together. God bless you.
cburns923
A true gem to his craft and to his family. We will keep the music playing. Thank you and peace be with you.
rhodesalvin6 9
rest in the lord arms my brotha
Thank you for the music, Rest in Groove
yardyinga
What a powerful legacy and portfolio Nick has left us. Wow! RIP Brotha!
May God bless you, and your family. Nick is fine now my prays are with you and the kids.A FAN FOR EVER.
RIP NICK ASHFORD! Your sweet music will live on forever. Thanks for sharing your unique gift with the world...real music never dies...
This music brings sweet memories!
RIP Nick Ashford. Missed but never forgotten!
dianepmason
they were the best back in the day. use to love going to there shows was always very good.
covingtonrob i n
Prayers are with Valerie and the girls, we will miss him but he has left us with music that will last a life time.
shielajohnso n
Some of the best music ever. He will be missed. Looks like all the great ones are moving on ....
But music will last forever!!!!!
So sorry for your lost!!!!
cbwasher
I love Ashford and Simpson he will be missed and remember as soulful part of the duo much love for his family
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