Here’s what I remember about Nick Ashford: He was an amazing songwriter and producer. A singer. And a man who worked with a fellow songwriter and producer who also was his wife a woman he seemed to absolutely adore. Nick and his wife, Valerie who comprised the duo Ashford & Simpson are icons in our world, not just because the music they wrote provided the soundtrack to our lives, but because each song seemed to be the manifestation of their longtime friendship, 37-year marriage and 47-year career together. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. You’re All I Need To Get By. Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing. Your Precious Love. I’m Every Woman. Is It Still Good To Ya. Found A Cure. And their monster duet, Solid. Each of these songs penned by the duo are, simply, unforgettable for reasons far beyond that they were hits. Listen to the lyrics and you’ll know exactly what I mean.
I couldn’t agree more with what one fan said on the AshfordSimpsonVEVO page on YouTube:
Ashford and Simpson, didn’t just write songs, they were giving us instructions, on how to have successful relationships, how to be there for one another, on how to stand the test of time, on how to love that special someone. I hope we listen, and follow by example! sirrah6767
Nick Ashford passed away yesterday from complications caused by throat cancer. He was 70. He is survived by his wife, Valerie, and their two daughters.
Fly with the angels, Nick. What a day of rejoicing that will be.
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