Black Is Remembers Nick Ashford (Video Tribute)

1941-2011

Art & Music, Featured, History & Politics

I was stunned when my mother called me Monday night to announce that Nick Ashford of the legendary duo, Ashford & Simpson had passed at the age of 70 of throat cancer. I grew up listening to Ashford & Simpson music, most notably the classic hit, Solid, that my mother played out after its release in 1984. Over the years I learned that my life was littered with Ashford & Simpson music – I just didn’t know it. Arguably one of the most successful writing duos in all of R&B music, husband and wife team Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson coined some of music’s most popular hit records in a career that spanned five decades. Beyond that, they manage to maintain an image of black love for 38 years in an industry that has seen its fair share of relationship hits and misses.

Here is just a sample of the art they bestowed on the world:

The 5th Dimension – California Soul (1968)

 

Aretha Franklin – Cry Like A Baby (1964)

 

Ray Charles – Let’s Go Get Stoned

 

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – You’re All I Need To Get By

 

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

 

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Your Precious Love

 

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing

 

Diana Ross – Reach Out And Touch Somebody’s Hand

 

Diana Ross – Remember Me

 

Diana Ross – The Boss

 

Gladys Knight & The Pips – Didn’t You Know You’d Have to Cry Sometime

 

Gladys Knight & The Pips – Bourgie, Bourgie

 

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – Who’s Gonna Take the Blame

 

Marvelettes – Destination: Anywhere

 

The Supremes – Some Things You Never Get Used To

 

Teddy Pendergrass – Is It Still Good To You

 

The Brothers Johnson – Ride – O – Rocket

 

Chaka Khan – I’m Every Woman

 

Chaka Khan – Clouds

 

Ashford & Simpson – Solid

 

Nick you will be missed, but this legacy lives on!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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