RIP Nicholas Ashford

According to news reports, Nicholas Ashford of Ashford and Simpson passed away yesterday here in New York.

Ashford, who was born in South Carolina grew up in Michigan. He moved to New York City in the early 1960s and met his future wife, Valerie Simpson in Harlem’s White Rock Baptist Church. They began collaborating musically with Ashford writing most of the lyrics, Simpson composing. They also recorded together. But it’s their work as songwriters for performers such as Ray Charles, Diana Ross, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson and others that made them legendary. They also received writing credit on Amy Winehouse’s “Tears Dry On Their Own.”

They also co-owned the Sugar Bar where live performances are a big part of the menu.

Ashford is survived by Valerie Simpson, his wife of 38 years, and their two daughters. RIP Nicholas Ashford.

Give a listen to Ashford and Simpson\’s Solid As a Rock



Source: The New York Daily News

4 comments on “RIP Nicholas Ashford

  1. I heard this on the radio this morning. Many people don’t know how much of a power couple they were. I used to wanna be Valerie. I thought she was so cute and smart. I wish her well during this time. They were the real deal.

  2. I was so shocked to read that he had passed away… For some reason, he was still a young song bird in my mind. Girl, we are all getting old. RIP Nick!

  3. Speak for yourself. I refuse to get old!!!!!
    Seriously though, I was shocked too. I had no idea he was even sick. You’re right, he always had that youthful look. Huge loss for his family.

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