10 Classic Songs Recorded By The Legendary Duo Ashford & Simpson

Nick Ashford (born May 4, 1942, Fairfield, South Carolina) and Valerie Simpson (born Aug 26, 1946, New York City, New York) have two careers, as songwriters and as performers, with the former seemingly more important than the latter until the mid-’80s. The two met in 1964 and scored their first songwriting hit in 1966 with Ray Charles’ recording of their “Let’s Go Get Stoned.” After a period at Scepter Records, they moved to Motown, where they wrote hits for the duo of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell (“Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” “You’re All I Need to Get By”). When Diana Ross left the Supremes for a solo career, Ashford & Simpson wrote “Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand” for her.

Though they cut a 1964 single (“I’ll Find You”) for the Glover label, their performing career was not truly launched until 1973, when they released Keep It Comin’ on Motown and Gimme Something Real on Warner Bros. Their first crossover success came in 1977 with the gold-selling Send It, which contained the Top Ten R&B hit “Don’t Cost You Nothing.” Is It Still Good to Ya, a second gold album, contained the number two R&B hit “It Seems to Hang On” in 1978. Stay Free, their third straight gold album, contained “Found a Cure,” another R&B smash that also made the Top 40 on the pop chart. A Musical Affair, in 1980, featured the hit “Love Don’t Make It Right,” but was not as successful as previous efforts.

10. High-Rise (1983)

Album: High-Rise

9. Love It Away (1982)

Album: Street Opera

8. Is It Still Good To Ya (1978)

Album: Is It Still Good To Ya

7. By Way Of Love’s Express (1978)

Album: Send It

6. Send It (1978)

Album: Send It

5. Street Corner (1982)

Album: Street Opera

4. Don’t Cost You Nothing (1978)

Album: Send It

3. Found A Cure (1979)

Album: Stay Free

2. Stuff Like That – with Quincy Jones & Chaka Khan (1978)

Album: Sounds…And Stuff Like That

  1. Solid (1984)

Album: Solid

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