Nick Ashford, Brilliant Singer and Songwriter

When I found out about the passing of Nick Ashford, the news made me very sad. I was unaware he had been ill. Nor did I know he was 70. He looked much younger. He and wife Valerie Simpson seemed such of a perfect pair, partners who were in love, who had built a life together, which included music.

Their songwriting days go back to the ’60s, when they began penning tunes for The Fifth Dimension, The Shirelles,  and Ray Charles. Motown was next, after Berry Gordy got wind of their material. Soon, the duo was writing unforgettable classics for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Diana Ross, and Gladys Knight and the Pips. In the early ’60s, they recorded music together, without much success. However, this would change in the 1970s. With hits including “Is It Still Good To Ya?”, “Found A Cure”, and my personal favorite, “It Seems To Hang On”, they found success beyond songwriting. The two performed the song on a 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live. I remember my family playing their music often in the late ’70s, and to this day, it brings back the fondest of memories. They would score their biggest hit in 1984 with “Solid”, which still reminds me of eighth grade. It is such of a catchy tune, a lot of fun to sing along with. In 2002, they were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Nick Ashford will be missed. Fortunately, his music and legacy will continue to be with us.

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~ by kmnnz on August 26, 2011.

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