In addition to being one half of one of the greatest songwriting duos of the Twentieth Century, Nick Ashford was a great friend to J&R. He is fondly remembered for his appearances at J&R with his longtime partner and wife, Valerie Simpson.
Ashford & Simpson’s ties to J&R run deep. The duo performed at the J&R stores in Downtown New York on a number of occasions. In addition, they graciously performed at J&R sponsored charity events. In 2009, J&R founder Rachelle Friedman presented the duo the NARM Outstanding Achievement Award.
Ashford & Simpson wrote some of Motown’s greatest songs, including “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 was “Solid” (1984 US and 1985 UK). The duo was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002. For more on the life and achievements of Nick Ashford, read this New York Times obituary.
Enjoy this slide show of Ashford and Simpson and J&R throughout the years.