Wishing a very happy 72nd birthday to Valerie Simpson, born August 26, 1946!
Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson have had a renowned and celebrated career as performers, songwriters and producers, providing top music artists with some of their biggest hits. The duo boasts 31 singles on the Billboard R&B Chart; six in the Top 10 including their #1 chart hit â€˜Solid.’ Ashford & Simpson produced many Gold certified albums, which have come from their numerous in-studio recordings. They are the recipients of a number of awards including ASCAP’s highest honor, The Founder’s Award and the Pioneer Award from the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, which they received in 1999. In 2002 they were inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame.
Nick & Valerie met in the choir of Harlem’s White Rock Baptist Church and later married. They went on to enjoy a multifaceted career as the most successful husband & wife songwriting / production team in music history; as notable performers in their own right; and as producers at Motown working with many of the legendary artists at the peak of the iconic label’s success. Ashford & Simpson’s musical influence has impacted worldwide culture over the last four decades.
Valerie and her late husband Nick Ashford collaborated on the hit “I’m Every Woman”, the lyrics of which were actually written by Nick!