Tuesday, August 23, 2011
R.I.P. Nick Ashford of Ashford and Simpson
Watching the romance, the successful marriage of Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson known as Ashford and Simpson, gave me as much joy as listening to their music over the years. I've posted this interview and profile with the pair before (when Saturday Night Live spoofed Barack and Michelle Obama with "Solid"), but with the death of Nick Ashford, 70, from throat cancer, I felt I should post it again.
The video covers how they met. Nick, who was homeless at the time, walked into Valerie's church. The relationship was first a writing partnership and friendship and later blossomed into a romance. She wrote the music; he wrote the lyrics.
Below is video from the pair's entertainment club, the Sugar Bar in New York City, earlier this year that shows Valerie singing "Happy Birthday" to Nick.
And I admit that I'm weeping here as I watch this video of "Is It Still Good to You?" I remember when I bought the album.