Tuesday, August 23, 2011

R.I.P Nickolas Ashford

One half of the Motown duo Asford & Simpson (Nick Ashford) has reportedly died of complications from throat cancer August 22, 2010. The duo that wrote and produced hits for the likes of Marvin Gaye & Tami Terrell, Aretha Franklin, and Ray Charles got their big break as performers in the mid 60's as a gospel group, but their most well-known written songs remain "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (Marvin & Tammi), "You're All I Need To Get By" , "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing", and "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand) (Diana Ross)"

In the early 70's, along with taking the step to get married, the duo resumed their career with the Warner Bros records. Taking their already illustrious careers to the next level they released "Gimme Something Real". This was followed by the hit singles, "Don't Cost You Nothin'" (1977), "It Seems To Hang On" (1978), "Is It Still Good to Ya" (1978), "Found a Cure" (1979), "Street Corner" (1982), and their biggest hit, "Solid," released in 1984.

"Solid" topped the U.S. R&B chart, peaking at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, and peaking at number three on the UK Singles Chart in 1985. It was the 16th best-selling single of 1985 in the UK.

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