8/26/21 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY CELEBRATING NICHOLAS ASHFORD: Ashford and Simpson – Found A Cure (Live 1979) And More

Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, the successful songwriting duo and recording artists, met at Harlem’s White Rock Baptist Church in 1964. Their careers as songwriters, producers and powerhouse performers spanned more than forty-five years. On August 22, 2011 Ashford passed from throat cancer. He is survived by wife of 36 years Valerie and their two daughters Asia and Nicole.

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)

Ashford & Simpson – “Is It Still Good To Ya”, RARE Promo (1978)

On March 12, 2018 Bronx native Valerie Simpson made her Broadway debut as Matron “Mama” Morton in Chicago (Broadway’s longest running musical)


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