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Wednesday 5/4/22 11am ET: Feature Artist: Ashford & Simpson

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, the Guess Who, 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 “Is It Still Good to Ya?”, originally recorded by the duo in 1978 and covered by Teddy Pendergrass in 1980.

As performers, Ashford & Simpson’s best-known duets are “Solid” (1984) and “Found a Cure” (1979). The duo were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002. They are also recipients of The Rhythm & Blues Foundation’s Pioneer Award, ASCAP Founders Award, and the Grammy Trustee Award. Rolling Stone ranked them No. 19 on its list of the 20 Greatest Duos of All Time.

Monday 2pm: Feature Artist: Ashford & Simpson

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.

Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s with Bobby Jay 5pm ET

bobbyjay070612Welcome to Sunday everyone. I’m sure the talk and speculation all week will be, who will win the Belmont Stakes. Can American Pharaoh do it? We’ll see. But let’s go “Groovin’ On A Sunday Afternoon” with “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s,” where you’ll hear: Kool & the Gang, War, the Whispers, Sade, the Ad-Libs, Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand, Ashford & Simpson, the Manhattans, Barry White, Grandmaster Flash, the Sugarhill Gang, plus we’ll hear words from Ben E. King, as he talks about some of the younger groups and much more. It all begins at 5PM ET, 4PM CT, 3PM MT, & 2PM PT to be followed at 7PM eastern by an encore of last evening’s “Great Soul Performances.” I think its gonna be a fantastic Sunday and I urge you to join me for all of it, here on RadioMaxMusic.com.

Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s with Bobby Jay 5pm ET

bobbyjayrmHaving a ball here in Hauppauge Long Island with Doo Wop Weekend Volume XII. Chuck Jackson and Barbara Lewis killed them last night, along with the rest of a fantastic cast. Looking forward to this afternoon’s show as well. On “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” this afternoon you’ll hear: Ashford & Simpson, Fat Larry’s Band, Angela Winbush, Babyface, Narada Michael Walden, the Average White Band, Gerald Alston, Arthur Prysock, Billy Griffin, New Edition and many more. Check us out at 5PM ET, 4PM CT, 3PM MT & 2PM PT, to be followed by an encore of last evening’s “Great Soul Performances” at 7PM eastern time. So if you’re on Long Island this afternoon, and if there are any tickets left for this afternoon’s concert, drop by Hauppauge High School and say hello. If not, I’ll see you on the radio with “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” and “Great Soul Performances” all good, all for you on RadioMaxMusic.com.

Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s with Bobby Jay 5pm ET #gsp

GSP-LOGOThis Afternoon on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s,” you’ll hear: Irene Cara, the Manhattans, Sylvester, the Average White Band, Sharon Redd, the Jones Girls, Ashford & Simpson, the Temptations, Cuba Gooding, Sr., Prince and many, many more. I think it’s a nice way to spend a Sunday on this holiday weekend. We kick it off at 5PM ET, 4PM CT, 3PM MT and 2PM PT. 

Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s with Bobby Jay 10p ET #gsp2

gsp-cd-coverThis evening on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” you’ll hear: Ashford & Simpson, New Edition, Barry & Glodean White, Doug E. Fresh, Al B. Sure!, Diana Ross, Public Enemy, Tony! Toni! Tone!, Richard “Dimples” Fields, Gerald Alston as a solo artist and fronting the Manhattans plus many more. It begins at 10PM ET, 9PM CT, 8PM MT & 7PM PT. If you miss it tonight you can catch one of the encore performances on Friday at 12Noon, Saturday at 5PM (preceding G.S.P. 1 at 7), or Sunday at 7PM; all times are eastern time. So please join me later for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” on RadioMaxMusic.com. I think you’ll love it.