Ashford & Simpson

When Motown was known as the Sound of Young America, when Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell and the Supremes were at the top of the charts, this pair was responsible for creating many of their classic hits.

In the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s they wrote songs for Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Luther Vandross, Diana Ross, Teddy Pendergrass, the Fifth Dimension, the Miracles and many others.

Their best known songs include Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Your Precious Love, Let’s Go Get Stoned, Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing, Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand), I’m Every Woman, You’re All I Need To Get By and Solid (As a Rock).

Although they are known primarily as songwriters, Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson also polished, dynamic performers. Today, on the commons at the office complex known as MetroTech Center, they were the opening act for the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Rhythm and Blues Festival.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you … Ashford and Simpson.

Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson
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Ashford & Simpson in Brooklyn
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Ashford & Simpson at Metrotech
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Ashford & Simpson
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2007 BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival at MetroTech
Ashford & Simpson’s SugarBar
Ashford & Simpson Fan Site
VH1: Ashford & Simpson
BAM: Brooklyn Academy of Music
MetroTech Center

6 Responses to Ashford & Simpson

  1. What a great post! I love these photos, they look like they are having so much fun :o)


  2. photowannabe says:

    Awesome shots of great singers. They really are entertainers.


  3. Jilly says:

    Wish I’d been there. Love this music and these two look like they are great performers. Super pics.


  4. Solid, solid as a rock.


  5. z says:

    Oh gosh, I hadn’t thought of them in YEARS! And actually, I never knew what they looked like, or even that they’re male and female. Thanks for bringing back a lot of memories. And thanks also for your visit and comment to my Villigen blog. Wish I could send you some cherries.


  6. tovorinok says:


    Great book. I just want to say what a fantastic thing you are doing! Good luck!



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