Tuesday, August 23, 2011

R.I.P. Nick Ashford (May 4, 1942 – August 22, 2011)

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Wow… if it weren’t for Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, some of your favorite artists like Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell and Teddy Pendergrass, just to name a few, would have never been superstars!  And think of the impact if these singers never made their big hits, which would go on to influence future generations.  Sadly Mr. Ashford passed away due to throat cancer complications but his musical voice will continue to live in the songs he penned with his wife and musical partner Valerie Simpson.

He leaves a legacy of many hits, including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “You’re All I Need to Get By” and his own #1 R&B single with wife Valerie “Solid as a Rock”.  Famous for his music, flamboyant flair, long locks and must importantly his nearly 4 decades long successful Hollywood marriage to his wife, friend, business & musical partner Valeri Simpson, Nick Ashford truly was one of a kind!

Not making light of the situation, but my next Karaoke session I gotta pay tribute in song, and I will have a long list of hits to choose from too! Rest in Peace Mr. Ashford.  He may be gone, but we will always have the music!  My condolences to his wife and family…


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