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Ashford & Simpson
Origin New York, NY, USA
Genres R&B, soul, pop, disco, gospel
Years active 1964 – present
Labels Motown, Warner Bros. Records, Capitol
Associated acts Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Diana Ross

Nickolas Ashford (born May 4, 1942, in Fairfield, South Carolina) and Valerie Simpson (born August 26, 1946 in The Bronx, New York) are a successful husband and wife songwriting/production team and recording artists. They met at Harlem's White Rock Baptist Church in 1964. 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)". As performers, Ashford and Simpson's best-known song is "Solid" (1984 US and 1985 UK).

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Discography

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Albums

Valerie Simpson

  • 1971: Exposed (Motown)
  • 1972: Valerie Simpson (Motown) - US #162, R&B #50
  • 1973: Keep It Coming (Motown)

Ashford & Simpson

  • 1973: Gimme Something Real (Warner Bros.) - US #156, R&B #18
  • 1974: I Wanna Be Selfish (Warner Bros.) - US #195, R&B #21
  • 1976: Come as You Are (Warner Bros.) -US #189, R&B #35
  • 1977: Send It - (Warner Bros.) - US #52, R&B #10
  • 1977: So So Satisfied (Warner Bros.) - US #180, R&B #30
  • 1978: Is It Still Good to Ya (Warner Bros.) - US #20, R&B #1
  • 1979: Stay Free (Warner Bros.) - US #23, R&B #3
  • 1980: A Musical Affair (Warner Bros.) - US #38, R&B #8
  • 1981: Performance (Warner Bros.) - US #125, R&B #45
  • 1982: Street Opera (Capitol) - US #45, R&B #5 (digital release from Stateside Records) [1]
  • 1983: High-Rise (Capitol) - US #84, R&B #14 (digital release from Stateside Records) [2]
  • 1984: Solid (Capitol) - US #29, R&B #1 (digital release from Stateside Records) [3]
  • 1986: Real Love (Capitol) - US #74, R&B #12 (digital release from Stateside Records) [4]
  • 1987: Solid Plus Seven (Capitol)
  • 1989: Love or Physical (Capitol) - US #135, R&B #28 (digital release from Stateside Records) [5]
  • 1993: Capitol Gold: The Best of Ashford & Simpson (Captiol)
  • 1996: Been Found (Hopsack & Silk) - R&B #49
  • 2002: The Very Best of Ashford & Simpson (Rhino)
  • 2007: The Best of Ashford & Simpson (Stateside Records[6])
  • 2008: Hits, remixes and rarities (Rhino) 2CD (Partly released in UK as 5 vinyl 12" singles box-set)
  • 2009: The Real Thing ( live in concert ) CD & DVD

Singles

Valerie Simpson

  • 1971: "Can't It Wait Until Tomorrow"
  • 1972: "Silly Wasn't I" - US #63, R&B #24

Ashford & Simpson

  • 1974: "(I'd Know You) Anywhere" - US #88, R&B #37
  • 1976: "It'll Come, It'll Come, It'll Come" - R&B #96
  • 1976: "Somebody Told a Lie" - R&B #58
  • 1977: "Over and Over" - R&B #39
  • 1977: "Send It" - R&B #15
  • 1977: "So So Satisfied" - R&B #27
  • 1977: "Tried, Tested and Found True" - R&B #52
  • 1978: "By Way Of Love's Express" - R&B #35
  • 1978: "Don't Cost You Nothing" - US #79, R&B #10
  • 1978: "It Seems to Hang On" - R&B #2
  • 1979: "Flashback" - R&B #70
  • 1979: "Found a Cure" - US #36, R&B #2
  • 1979: "Is It Still Good to Ya" - R&B #12
  • 1979: "Nobody Knows" - R&B #19
  • 1980: "Happy Endings" - R&B #35
  • 1980: "Love Don't Make It Right" - R&B #6
  • 1981: "Get Out Your Handkerchief" - R&B #65
  • 1981: "It Shows in Your Eyes" - R&B #35
  • 1982: "Love It Away" - R&B #20
  • 1982: "Street Corner" - US #56, R&B #9
  • 1983: "High-Rise" - R&B #17
  • 1983: "It's Much Deeper" - R&B #45
  • 1984: "I'm Not That Tough" - R&B #78
  • 1984: "Solid" - US #12, R&B #1, Can. #7
  • 1985: "Babies" - R&B #29
  • 1985: "Outta the World" - R&B #4
  • 1986: "Count Your Blessings" - US #84, R&B #4
  • 1989: "I'll Be There for You" - R&B #2
  • 1990: "Hungry for Me Again" - R&B #40
  • 1996: "Been Found" - R&B #80
  • 1997: "What If" - R&B #94

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