Ashford And Simpson

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Top Of The Stairs (1977)

Ashford And Simpson (Nicholas Ashford & Valerie Simpson) (married) songwriters. They were Motown staff songwriters mainly for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.

They also recorded in their own right: Top of the Stairs is really good and another pop hit for them was: Solid As A Rock.

Keep It Coming was a record from Valerie after the death of her husband.

They wrote many Soul songs including Mr Creator by The Appollas. Collins & Collins who had a hit also with “Top Of The Stairs.

Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson with ex- Ikette Jo Armstead wrote Let’s Go Get Stoned for Ray Charles, Nothing I wouldn’t Do – For Betty Everett and Never Had It So Good – for Ronnie Milsap. In 1967 they began song writing for Motown and wrote classics soul tracks including:

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough You’re All I Need To Get By Onion Song

(all sung by Marvin Gaye and  Tammi Terrell)

Remember Me sung by Diana Ross

Nick wrote I Dont Need No Doctor – for Ray Charles

Nickolas ‘Nick’ Ashford (b. 4th May 1942, Fairfield, South Carolina, U.S.A.) and Valerie Simpson (b. 26th August 1946, The Bronx, New York, U.S.A.).

Nick Simpson

Died: Monday, 30th June 2014 from throat cancer

Ashford and Simpson – Wikipedia