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Nick Ashford

Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Fairfield, SC, USA
Death: August 22, 2011 (70)
New York, NY, USA (Complications from throat cancer)
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Husband of <private> Simpson
Father of <private> Ashford and <private> Ashford

Occupation: Singer, Songwriter
Managed by: Kenneth Kwame Welsh, (C)
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    • <private> Ashford
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About Nick Ashford

Nickolas Ashford (May 4, 1941 – August 22, 2011)[1][2], and Valerie Simpson (born August 26, 1946), were a husband and wife songwriting/production team and recording artists.[3]

Ashford was born Fairfield, South Carolina, and Simpson in Bronx, New York. They met at Harlem's White Rock Baptist Church in 1963. After having recorded unsuccessfully as a duo, they joined aspiring solo artist and former member of the Ikettes, Joshie Jo Armstead, at the Scepter/Wand label where their compositions were recorded by Ronnie Milsap ("Never Had It So Good"), Maxine Brown ("One Step At A Time"), as well as the Shirelles and Chuck Jackson. Another of the trio's songs, "Let's Go Get Stoned", gave Ray Charles a number one U.S. R&B hit in 1966. That same year Ashford & Simpson joined Motown, where their best-known songs included "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "You're All I Need To Get By", "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing", and "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)". As performers, Ashford and Simpson's best-known song is "Solid" (1984 US and 1985 UK). The duo was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.

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Nick Ashford's Timeline

May 4, 1941
Fairfield, SC, USA
August 22, 2011
Age 70
New York, NY, USA