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ASHFORD & SIMPSON members are Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson. ASHFORD & SIMPSON released Sixteen albums from 1971 till 1996. The first album ASHFORD & SIMPSON released in the seventies is 'Exposed' on MOTOWN Records. Other albums that ASHFORD & SIMPSON recorded are 'Is It Still Good To Ya?', 'Real Love', 'Stay Free', 'A Musical Affair'. Fourteen albums of ASHFORD & SIMPSON reached the billboard Top R&B Albums chart. The highest charted album was 'Is It Still Good To Ya?' from 1978. This album debuted 9 September 1978 on the Top R&B Albums chart and reached number 1 and lasts 33 weeks on this chart. Other charted albums are `Solid' #1 (Top R&B Albums) and `Send It' #10 (Top R&B Albums) and `Real Love' #12 (Top R&B Albums) and `High Rise' #14 (Top R&B Albums) and `Gimme Something Real' #18 (Top R&B Albums) and `I Wanna Be Selfish' #21 (Top R&B Albums) and `Love Or Physical' #28 (Top R&B Albums) and `Stay Free' #3 (Top R&B Albums) and `Come As You Are' #35 (Top R&B Albums) and `Performance' #45 (Top R&B Albums) and `Been Found' #49 (Top R&B Albums) and `Street Opera' #5 (Top R&B Albums) and `A Musical Affair' #8 (Top R&B Albums) From 1972 till 1989 ASHFORD & SIMPSON released also twenty zero singles. The first single ASHFORD & SIMPSON released in the seventies is 'Silly Wasn't I' on Records. Other released tracks are 'Found A Cure (1979 / WARNER BROS.)', 'Love Don't Make It Right (1980 / WARNER BROS.)', 'Outta The World (1984 / CAPITOL)', 'Solid (1984 / CAPITOL)'.

US vocal duo, songwriters, producers: Nickolas Ashford (b 4 May '43, Fairfield SC), Valerie Simpson (b 26 Aug. '48, Bronx, NYC) Husband and wife soul team met '64 at Harlem gospel meeting when she sang with the Followers, married '74. Recorded as Nick and Valerie '60s but first success as writers ('Let's Go Get Stoned' top 40 hit for Ray Charles '66). On staff at Sceptor/Wand wrote hits for Maxine Brown, Chuck Jackson; to Tamla/Motown as writers, developed into prod. work; hits incl. top ten duets by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell '68 ('Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing', 'You're All I Need To Get By'); soft soul approach used with launch of Diana Ross as solo: 'Reach Out And Touch Somebody's Hand', 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' (also no. 19 for Gaye/Terrell). Valerie had two underrated solo LPs: Exposed! '71, Valerie Simpson '72; they did duo album Keep It Comin' '73, left Motown for WB '73 and succession of duo LPs saw fame grow: Gimme Something Real '73, I Wanna Be Selfish '74, Come As You Are '76, Send It '77, Is It Still Good To Ya '78, Stay Free '79, A Musical Affair '80, two-disc Performance '81; then on Capitol: Street Opera '82, High Rise '83 (title track top ten US black chart), Solid '84 (title track world-wide hit), expanded Solid Plus Seven and Real Love '87, Lone Or Physical '89. Still worked as prod/writers, i.e. Chaka Khan hit 'I'm Every Woman' '78, Ross's The Boss '79, Gladys Knight's About Love '80. Add/Complete Bio

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