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Nickolas Ashford (born May 4, 1942 in Fairfield, SC – August 22, 2011 in New York City) and Valerie Simpson (born August 26, 1946 in Bronx, NY) were a husband and wife songwriting/production team and recording artists. Their best-known songs include “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)”.

As performers, their best-known song is “Solid” (1984 US and 1985 UK), although they have had many other hits, mostly on the R&B charts. Many of their songs have been recorded in hit versions by artists as diverse as Diana Ross, Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and so many, many others.

Ashford and Simpson met at Harlem’s White Rock Baptist Church in 1963. After having recorded unsuccessfully as a duo, they joined aspiring solo artist and former member of the Ikettes, Josie 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)”.


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  • LaMusicLovr

    August 22, 2013 -- Love and admiration to Ms. Valerie Simpson (Ashford), songwriting and singing partner to Mr. Nickolas Ashford. Today is the anniversary of his death. What love!!!

    22 Aug 2013 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    i wanted to meet nick ashford so badly and then he passed, that really blew. sad.

    12 Jan 2013 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    they didn't write my cherie amour, but they are amazing

    12 Jan 2013 Reply
  • gendervariant

    Faith Evans tribute to Nick Ashford at Essence Music Fest

    12 Jul 2012 Reply
  • kr_TV

    a greatest composer ever, i luv "I'm every woman (chaka kahn)" and "my cherie amour (stevie wonder)" of course "solid" by themselves

    6 Apr 2012 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    Nick Ashford - a hero of mine. Love them, what a thing - a musical couple totally in love for like forever. So many amazing songs.

    3 Nov 2011 Reply
  • toco-tucan

    RIP Nickolas [2].

    10 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Ksimi

    RIP Nickolas

    28 Sep 2011 Reply
  • silversurfer250

    RIP Nickolas Ashford...

    5 Sep 2011 Reply
  • llehcin

    U made some great music Nick.

    26 Aug 2011 Reply
  • merrari

    :( <3

    26 Aug 2011 Reply
  • JNez

    wow! so many gems i've rediscovered over the past two days unaware that ashford & simpson were the artists, esp. found a cure, send it, is it still good to i could go on. i remember their music peripherally, but sadly, it took the media attention of nick's passing to force me to seek out and add their incredible catalog to my itunes library.

    25 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Buelah

    Thank you Nick for your wonderful gift you shared with us all. May you RIP and may God comfort and bless Valerie and your loved ones.

    24 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Cocoliz

    1 hour live footage with Ashford and simpson, recorded on Oct. 11 1972

    24 Aug 2011 Reply
  • oldzulu

    Our music soul was blessed by your songs.Now may your soul be blessed

    24 Aug 2011 Reply
  • cousinbull

    Rest in Peace

    24 Aug 2011 Reply
  • gendervariant

    Rest in Paradise Nick Ashford, your legacy will never be forgotten.

    24 Aug 2011 Reply
  • avburns

    RIP Nick Ashford; thanks for the music.

    24 Aug 2011 Reply
  • drastic67

    R.I.P Nick ashford u were the best at what u did, u will be missed.

    23 Aug 2011 Reply
  • d1esel6

    R.I.P. Nick, read my loving tribute to him here

    23 Aug 2011 Reply
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