Saturday, August 27, 2011

Remember Me as a "Sunny" Day

"Remember me as a SUNNY Day, that you once had along the way, didn't I inspire..."

Nicholas Ashford & Valerie Simpson
"Remember Me"

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

Visual Radio host Joe Viglione talks to producer Jerry Ross, the man who recorded Ashford & Simpson along with Melba Moore on Bobby Hebb's immortal "Sunny" as well as the entire "Sunny" album. September 8 at 8 PM on Channel 8 on Comcast, Channel 36 on Verizon.

Mr. Ross produced Spanky & Our Gang, Keith (98.6), Jay & The Techniques and so many more. He also co-wrote "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" with Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff (Gamble & Huff of Philly International) which hit for The Temptations & The Supremes, Dee Dee Warwick and Madeline Bell

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 Ashford 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.

R.I.P. Nick Ashford 8/22/11 R.I.P. Bobby Hebb 8/3/10

Two of the great voices behind the hit "Sunny". We'll talk about it from the man who made that immortal recording with these giants, the fantastic Jerry Ross.

8 PM

The show airs at 8 PM September 8, 2011 on

I'm Gonna Make You Love Me co-written by Jerry Ross, Gamble & Huff

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

R.I.P. Nicholas Ashford, Sang backing vocals on "Sunny"

Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson sang on "Sunny" along with Melba Moore.

Good thoughts out to Valerie.
Rest in peace, Nick.

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Nick Ashford, half of the Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson that penned elegant, soulful classics for singers Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye and funk hits for Chaka Khan and others, died Monday, his former publicist said. He was 70.

Ashford, who along with wife Valerie Simpson wrote some of Motown's biggest hits, died in a New York City hospital, said publicist and longtime friend Liz Rosenberg. He had throat cancer.

We also lost Gene McDaniels (Hundred Pounds Of Clay; roberta Flack's "Feel Like Makin' Love) early in August; he lived about an hour away in York Beach, Maine.