Nicholas Ashford & Valerie Simpson
With the passing of the legend, Nicholas Ashford, it is yet another great moving on but leaving behind treasures that are priceless, their value immeasurable.
On September 8, 2011 Producer Jerry Ross will talk to Joe Viglione about Nick Ashford, Bobby Hebb and others at 8 PM EDT on http://www.wincam.org
Tonight Ross and Viglione will discuss the passing of the great Nicholas Ashford.
Hit radio received a jolt, a shockwave,with the tragic passing of Nicholas on Monday, August 22. It is a significant loss of one of the creators of some of the finest pop records ever to grace an AM radio speaker. With his wife, Valerie Simpson, he crafted such memorable tunes as "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" for Diana Ross, "You're All I Need to Get By" from Marvin Gaye & Tami Terrell, "Let's Go Get Stoned" - a huge hit for Ray Charles but a signature tune as well for Joe Cocker - who performed it at Woodstock, Ashford & Simpson's own big Top 12 hit (#1 R & B) "Solid" and so many others. Ashford & Simpson produced and wrote and sang backing vocals on "Remember Me", a superb Diana Ross hit that doesn't get nearly enough airplay as an oldie.
Humble Pie took "I Don't Need No Doctor" from a Nick Ashford solo 45 PM on Verve Records and made it the centerpiece of their live lp HJMBLE PIE PERFORMANCE ROCKIN' THE FILLMORE in 1973 and was a huge FM smash.
I'm Gonna Make You Love Me co-written by Jerry Ross, Gamble & Huff
I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
Joe Cocker Live at Woodstock LET'S GO GET STONED