Ashford & Simpson

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Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson were a husband and wife songwriting-production team. They started writing and recording together in 1964, and two years later wrote their first hit song - "Let's Go Get Stoned", recorded by Ray Charles. They then took up staff positions at Motown, where they wrote and produced hits for Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross. During their stay at Motown, Valerie released a couple of solo albums which flopped, prompting her and Ashford to leave in 1973. From then on, the duo concentrated on making their own records, though they also penned Chaka Khan's hit "I'm Every Woman" before finally achieving recognition as artists in their own right. They had two daughters: Nicole Ashford and Asia Ashford.

Both were inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.
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K 46283 Gimme Something Real — Ashford & Simpson Ashford & Simpson Gimme Something Real (Album) Warner Bros. Records K 46283 UK 1973 Sell This Version
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K 56050 I Wanna Be Selfish — Ashford & Simpson Ashford & Simpson I Wanna Be Selfish (Album) Warner Bros. Records K 56050 UK 1974 Sell This Version
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BS 2858 Come As You Are — Ashford & Simpson Ashford & Simpson Come As You Are (Album) Warner Bros. Records BS 2858 US 1976 Sell This Version
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BS 2992 So So Satisfied — Ashford & Simpson Ashford & Simpson So So Satisfied (Album) Warner Bros. Records BS 2992 US 1976 Sell This Version
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P-10452W Send It — Ashford & Simpson Ashford & Simpson Send It (Album) Warner Bros. Records P-10452W Japan 1977 Sell This Version
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W 56547 Is It Still Good To Ya — Ashford & Simpson Ashford & Simpson Is It Still Good To Ya (Album) Warner Bros. Records W 56547 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
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W 56703, WB 56 703 Stay Free — Ashford & Simpson Ashford & Simpson Stay Free (Album) Warner Bros. Records W 56703, WB 56 703 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
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HS 3458 A Musical Affair — Ashford & Simpson Ashford & Simpson A Musical Affair (Album) Warner Bros. Records HS 3458 US 1980 Sell This Version
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WB K 66 099 Performance — Ashford & Simpson Ashford & Simpson Performance (Album) Warner Bros. Records WB K 66 099 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
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TOL (L) 752 Street Opera — Ashford & Simpson Ashford & Simpson Street Opera (Album) Capitol Records TOL (L) 752 South Africa 1982 Sell This Version
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ST-12282 High-Rise — Ashford & Simpson Ashford And Simpson* High-Rise (Album) Capitol Records ST-12282 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
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ZR25-1246 Solid — Ashford & Simpson Ashford & Simpson Solid (Album) Capitol Records ZR25-1246 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
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ECS-81768 Real Love — Ashford & Simpson Ashford & Simpson Real Love (Album) Capitol Records ECS-81768 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
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64 7469464 Love Or Physical — Ashford & Simpson Ashford And Simpson* Love Or Physical (Album) Capitol Records 64 7469464 Italy 1989 Sell This Version
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HOP 4512-2 Been Found — Ashford & Simpson Ashford & Simpson ,with Maya Angelou Ashford & Simpson ,with Maya Angelou - Been Found (Album) Hopsack & Silk Records HOP 4512-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
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none The Real Thing — Ashford & Simpson Ashford & Simpson The Real Thing (Album) Burgundy Records none US 2009 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

GP-3000 I'll Find You / Lonely Town — Ashford & Simpson Valerie & Nick* I'll Find You / Lonely Town (Single) Glover GP-3000 US 1964 Sell This Version
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GP-3003 Don't You Feel Sorry — Ashford & Simpson Valerie & Nick* Don't You Feel Sorry (Single) Glover GP-3003 US 1964 Sell This Version
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GP 3005 It Ain't Like That — Ashford & Simpson Valerie & Nick* It Ain't Like That (Single) Glover GP 3005 US 1964 Sell This Version
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WB 7745 (I'd Know You) Anywhere — Ashford & Simpson Ashford And Simpson* (I'd Know You) Anywhere (Single) Warner Bros. Records WB 7745 US 1973 Sell This Version
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WB 7781 Have You Ever Tried It — Ashford & Simpson Ashford And Simpson* Have You Ever Tried It (Single) Warner Bros. Records WB 7781 US 1973 Sell This Version
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WB 7811 Main Line — Ashford & Simpson Ashford And Simpson* Main Line (Single) Warner Bros. Records WB 7811 Australia 1974 Sell This Version
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WBS 8030 Everybody's Got To Give It Up — Ashford & Simpson Ashford And Simpson* Everybody's Got To Give It Up (Single) Warner Bros. Records WBS 8030 US 1974 Sell This Version
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WBS 8070 Ain't Nothing But A Maybe / Bend Me — Ashford & Simpson Ashford And Simpson* Ain't Nothing But A Maybe / Bend Me (Single) Warner Bros. Records WBS 8070 US 1975 Sell This Version
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WBS 8179 Caretaker / It'll Come, It'll Come, It'll Come — Ashford & Simpson Ashford & Simpson Caretaker / It'll Come, It'll Come, It'll Come Warner Bros. Records WBS 8179 US 1976 Sell This Version

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August 24, 2019
edited over 3 years ago
why Ashford&Simpson remain such underrated artists on their right or as songwriters for other artists remains a mystery to me.
How come that a such talented duo has never achieved the same status of similar names like Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Gerry Goffin and Carole King or Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller?? Even today their songs and own productions like Inner Life ‎– Ain't No Mountain High Enough have the same timeless quality as some of their predecessors of the 60s golden age of US songwriting. Has anybody ever realized how much emotional surrender and deep text meaning there is to be discovered in songs like 'Found A Cure' or 'Stay Free'??? Surely not their biggest hits. But Ashford & Simpson deserve your attention...listen with you heart and discover how deep their emotional impact is on soul and disco music!! Find a cure...
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