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Nickolas Ashford

  • Birth 4 May 1942 Fairfield County, South Carolina, USA
  • Death 22 Aug 2011 New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
  • Memorial ID 75336350

Songwriter, Vocalist. Famed for being half of the prolific songwriting duo Ashford and Simpson. Raised in Michigan, he moved to New York when he was 21 in pursuit of a dancing career and met 17-year old Valerie Simpson who was then performing with the White Rock Baptist Church Choir in Harlem. The two began writing songs together, initially Gospel tunes followed by R&B. They joined the staff at Scepter Records and penned the Ray Charles' hit "Let's Go Get Stoned" (1964). The score led them to signing with Motown Records and their yielding of the hits "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (1967), "Your Precious Love" (1967), "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" (1968) and "You're All I Need To Get By" (1968), by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. Diana Ross had success with her version of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (1970) and "Remember Me" (1971). After leaving Motown in 1973, the couple (who were married in 1974) joined the Warner Brothers label as recording artists and had a Top-40 chart-placing with "Found a Cure" (1979). The more successful "Solid" (with Capitol) achieved a number 12 placing on the US Pop Charts in 1985. Whitney Houston earned gold record status with the Ashford and Simpson effort "I'm Every Woman" in 1993. The couple was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002. He died from throat cancer.

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  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 22 Aug 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 75336350
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Nickolas Ashford (4 May 1942–22 Aug 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 75336350, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.