He and wife Valerie Simpson have to be one of the most famous singer/songwriting duos in music with a career spanning 30 years along with 22 gold and platinum records.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame says:
“As staff songwriters for Sceptor Records, Nick and Valerie wrote Ray Charles’ classic “Let’s Go Get Stoned” in 1964 which brought them to the attention of Motown where they wrote their second smash ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. Other Gaye/Terrell hits followed including ‘Your Precious Love,” ‘Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,’ and ‘You’re All I Need to Get By.’
Ashford & Simpson signed with Warner Brothers in 1973 as recording artists and recorded eight albums, four of which went gold. Their numerous hit singles include ‘Send It,’ ‘Found A Cure,’ ‘Don’t Cost You Nothing,’ ‘It Seems To Hang On,’ and ‘Love Don’t Make It Right.’”
In the 80′s, Ashford & Simpson signed with Capitol Records and their hit “Solid as a Rock” continues to be a signature song for the duo.