Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, the successful songwriting duo and recording artists, met at Harlem’s White Rock Baptist Church in 1964.
Ashford and Simpson started their career in the mid-1960s, writing for artists such as The 5th Dimension (California Soul), Aretha Franklin (Cry Like A Baby), and Ray Charles (Let’s Go Get Stoned and I Don’t Need No Doctor). It was their work with Charles that brought them to the attention of Motown founder Berry Gordy. In 1966 Ashford & Simpson joined Motown and created some of the record company’s greatest and most memorable music including 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 – Found A Cure (Live 1979)
On March 12, 2018 Bronx native Valerie Simpson made her Broadway debut as Matron “Mama” Morton in Chicago (Broadway’s longest running musical). She currently can be seen in the production at the Ambassador Theater.