Black Is Remembers Nick Ashford (Video Tribute)

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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