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The ‘80s band Ashford and Simpson was comprised of the husband and wife team of Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson. They started off as songwriters and producers, but throughout the ‘80s, would establish themselves as successful recording artists.

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Ashford & Simpson began their career in the ‘60s, composing music for such renowned artists as Ray Charles, The Fifth Dimension, and Aretha Franklin. In the year 1967, they were asked to join the staff of Motown, where they would go on to write nearly all the duets Marvin Gaye recorded with Tammi Terrell in the late 1960s. They would also work with such Motown artists as Diana Ross, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, the Marvelettes, and the Dynamic Superiors.

As artists, the career of Ashford & Simpson began in the mid-60s, when they recorded several singles together. They also recorded singles solo. Ashford & Simpson continue to record and perform to this day. They are currently at work on a musical based on the E. Lynn Harris novel Invisible Life.

The albums of Ashford & Simpson include Valerie Simpson Exposed LP, Valerie Simpson, Gimme Something Real, I Wanna Be Selfish, Come As You Are, Valerie Simpson Keep It Comin’, So So Satisfied, Send It, Is It Still Good To Ya, Stay Free, A Musical Affair, Performance, Street Opera, High Rise, Solid, Real Love, Solid Plus Seven, Love or Physical, Been Found, The Gospel According to Ashford & Simpson, and The Very Best of Ashford & Simpson: 1973-1984.


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