Ashford & Simpson songs FORUM: Archive - Beginning April 17, 2003: Ashford & Simpson songs
Top of pageBottom of page   By soulboy ( on Saturday, March 01, 2003 - 08:32 am:

I have a confession to make, only in recent months i have purchased the SITSOM book by Allan Slutsky.
This was due to the fact that i always thought this book was aimed more at bass players rather than other musicians and motown fans.
Anyway more to the point was the fact that as a somewhat amateur musician i ran through the songs towards the back of the book to find that by far the most complex and challenging were those written by ashford & simpson namely 'ain't no mountain high enough''ain't nothing the real thing'
At first i thought it was my complete lack of skill and understanding of the music, but then i came across a statement in the book which made me feel somewhat better about the situation.
I was mentioned in one of the chapters that several of the the funks feared their songs as they were so musically complex.
Does anyone have any memories or experiences about working with this talented duo?

Top of pageBottom of page   By dvdmike ( on Saturday, March 01, 2003 - 09:45 am:

An ex-neighbor of mine, Joshie Armstead wrote some songs with them in the sixties. "Let's Go Get Stoned", "Cry Like A Baby", "I Don't Need No Doctor", etc.

Top of pageBottom of page   By JSmith ( on Tuesday, March 04, 2003 - 08:01 am:

A&S -- They now run that supper club in the Upper West side of Manhatten.
My friends caught Chuck Jackson & Maxine Brown at the place last year. So did Ady C (organiser of the Cleethorpes Soul Weekender). He was lookin for a unique duet to book for his upcoming Anniversary Weekender -- u know, someone who cut duets together back in the day (say in the mid 60's for Wand). Am not allowed to say if he found any such couple that fit the bill.

Top of pageBottom of page   By cleoharvey ( on Tuesday, March 04, 2003 - 12:14 pm:

I once sang for Nick and Val's daughter's 4th birthday party (I was in the Wiz at the time). I was thrilled to death because I am such a fan of theirs. Now, that Nicole has graduated college, I feel ancient.. oh well.. Nick and Val were and are a real class act. The sent a limo for me and then a few days later I recieved a bottle of Dom Perignon from them. They are both accessible and nice people. I asked them many questions about their writing and Motown, which they graciously answered. Their personal assistant Altamese Alston (Miss T) is a hoot.

The place they run on 72nd Street is called the Sugar Shack.


Do you know where Joshie is now? I met her several years ago and thought she was incredible.

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