Ashford & Simpson were an American husband-and-wife songwriting-production team and recording duo of Nickolas Ashford (May 4, 1941 – August 22, 2011) and Valerie Simpson (born August 26, 1946).
Ashford was born in Fairfield, South Carolina, and Simpson in the Bronx, New York City. Afterwards, his family relocated to Ypsilanti, Michigan, where he became a member of Christ Temple Baptist Church. While there, he sang with a group called the Hammond Singers (named after the founding minister, James Hammond). Later, Nickolas attended and graduated from Willow Run High School in Ypsilanti, Michigan, before pursuing his professional career, where he would ultimately meet his wife, Valerie. They met at Harlem’s White Rock Baptist Church in 1964. After having recorded unsuccessfully as a duo, they joined an aspiring solo artist and former member of the Ikettes, Joshie Jo Armstead, at the Scepter/Wand label, where their compositions were recorded by Ronnie Milsap (“Never Had It So Good”), Maxine Brown (“One Step at a Time”), as well as the Shirelles and Chuck Jackson. Another of the trio’s songs, “Let’s Go Get Stoned,” gave Ray Charles a number one U.S. R&B hit in 1966. That same year, Ashford & Simpson joined Motown, where their best-known songs included “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “You’re All I Need To Get By,” “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” and “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand).” Ashford and Simpson wrote many other hit songs, including Chaka Khan’s “I’m Every Woman” (1978) and Teddy Pendergrass’s “Is It Still Good to You?”
As performers, Ashford & Simpson’s best-known duets are “Solid” (1984) and “Found a Cure” (1979). The duo was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002. Ashford and Simpson were also recipients of The Rhythm & Blues Foundation’s Pioneer Award in 1999, and ASCAP’s highest honor, the Founder’s Award, which they received on March 18, 1996.
This evening on “Great Soul Performances” we’ll have: Bruno Mars, the Independents, the Marvelettes, the Meters, the Clovers, the Cleftones, Jackie Wilson, Little Anthony & the Imperials, the Isley Brothers, the Dells, Eugene Pitt, Tower Of Power, John Legend-Jamie Foxx-Nick Jonas & Seal; live in concert at The White House and more. It happens at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. A reminder: next Saturday will be our annual Christmas Show. Coming up later on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s,” on tap will be: Run D.M.C., GQ, Earth, Wind & Fire, Main Ingredient, Ashford & Simpson, the Sugarhill Gang, Michael Jackson, Ann Peebles, the Average White Band, Weird Al Yankovic and several others. “G.S.P. 2” begins at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT & 6PM PT. It’s all good, and I think you’ll have a wonderful time. Check us out later for the music and the fun on “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” at the “Home of the Hits,” RadioMaxMusic.Com.
On “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” this evening, the music will be provided by: Ashford & Simpson, Sheila E. & Prince Rogers Nelson, Patti Austin, Earth, Wind & Fire, Rockie Robbins; doing Little Willie John, the Dazz Band, Air Supply, Major Harris, Anita Baker & the Winans, Eddie Murphy and several more. The shows starts at 6PM ET, 5PM CT, 4PM MT and 3PM PT. That’s “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s later this evening on the “Home Of The Hits,” RadioMaxMusic.Com.
When “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” comes you way this evening, you’ll hear: Phil Collins, Michael Jackson, Third World, Ashford & Simpson, the Reddings, Natalie Cole, New Edition, Narada Michael Walden, Teddy Pendergrass, Greg Phillinganes, Roberta Flack and others. It begins at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. Check it out later and let’s continue to cheer on “Team USA” in the Olympics, as our medal count rises. See you on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” on the best station on the internet, RadioMaxMusic.Com.
Ok, “Super Tuesday” is over, and now it’s time for “Wacky Wednesday;” aka “Hump Day” on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s,” where else, but on RadioMaxMusic.Com. On the playlist this evening will be: Brass Construction, GQ, Gene Chandler, Cameo, Ashford & Simpson, David Ruffin & Eddie Kendricks, the Bar-Kays, Marvin Gaye, the Dells, Paul Shaffer, Anita Baker and more. Stop on by at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. After the original airing tonight, you can listen again until the new show airs next Wednesday by going to: http://radiomaxmusic.com/gsp2listen.html. I’ll see you later on for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80” on RadioMax. Happy “Hump Day!”
How’s everybody doing following the Hampshire primary? This evening on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s,” we will feature music by: The Jacksons, Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway, Ashford & Simpson, Carl Carlton, the Blues Brothers, Regina Belle, Babyface, Richard “Dimples” Fields, Barbara Mason and many others. It happens at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. Tomorrow until next Wednesday at 7PM eastern time, you can hear the show over again as many times as you wish by going to: http://radiomaxmusic.com/gsp2listen.html. So check us out later for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s,” from RadioMaxMusic.Com.
I think I’ve got something for everyone this evening on “Great Soul Performances” First of all, Timothy Wilson has a brand new CD entitled, “In The Mood,” and I’ll be playing a track from it. Also, a very talented and promising female R&B singer named Adrena has something new I’ll lay on you. In addition, we’ll hear from: Enchantment, Tito Puente, the Temptations, Earth, Wind & Fire, the Isley Brothers, Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes, the Intruders, the Delfonics, Marvin Gaye, Ashford & Simpson, I’ll be starting a periodic conversation with the last living member of the Four Tops, Abdul “Duke” Fakir, to talk about the group’s career and their legacy, and we’ll be treated to a live performance from Michael Jackson & the Jacksons in concert. It will all get underway at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT at the home of the best music on the internet, RadioMaxMusic.Com. I’ll see you later this evening for “Great Soul Performances.”