Nickolas Ashford

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Nickolas Ashford
When credited as a duo with Valerie Simpson, please use the Ashford & Simpson artist entry.

Nickolas Ashford (born May 4, 1942, Fairfield, South Carolina, USA - died August 22, 2011, New York, New York, USA) was an American singer, songwriter, and producer. Together with his wife Valerie Simpson formed a songwriting-production team, often credited on releases as Ashford & Simpson.

Inducted into Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 2002.
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Singles & EPs

VK-10463 Nickolas Ashford - I Don't Need No Doctor / Young Emotions album art Nick Ashford* I Don't Need No Doctor / Young Emotions(7", Single, Promo) Verve Records VK-10463 US 1966 Sell This Version
VK-10493 Nickolas Ashford - When I Feel The Need / Young Emotions album art Nick Ashford* When I Feel The Need / Young Emotions Verve Records VK-10493 US 1967 Sell This Version
VK-10599 Nickolas Ashford - California Soul album art Nick Ashford* California Soul (Single) Verve Records VK-10599 US 1968 Sell This Version
11260 Nickolas Ashford - Dead End Kids / Let's Go Get Stoned album art Nick Ashford* Dead End Kids / Let's Go Get Stoned ABC Records 11260 US 1970 Sell This Version


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August 24, 2011
I am shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of Nickolas Ashford. He,

together with his wife Valerie Simpson, wrote and produced some of the most

unique and memorable songs in the Motown catalog for some of Motown’s biggest

artists, such as Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell’s “You’re All I Need To Get

By.” They were most responsible for the great hits of Diana Ross’s solo career,

including one of my favorites, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, ” which became

Diana’s signature song.

But more importantly to me, Nick Ashford was an

all-around beautiful human being. Nick will always be a great part of the Motown

family and legacy. I send my love and deepest sympathies to Val and his


I will remember his warm smile, his great heart and the wonderful

songs he left us with. Despite my personal sorrow, I know we will be

celebrating his life forever.

Berry Gordy



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