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Nick Ashford: Singer, songwriter and producer who penned a succession of Motown hits with his wife, Valerie Simpson
Thursday 25 August 2011
In the late 1960s, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell were Motown's sweet songbirds, duetting on the romantic ballads "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "Your Precious Love", "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" and "You're All I Need to Get By". These odes to the undying, eternal power of love were tailor-made by Nick Ashford and his writing partner and later wife, Valerie Simpson, and mirrored their enduring and happy relationship, the flip side to the tragic fate that would befall Terrell, who died of a brain tumour in March 1970, and Gaye, who was shot dead by his father in April 1984.
Wednesday 24 August 2011
We don’t talk about music enough. Three sad stories in today’s paper got us all humming. The subsequent discussions got decidedly heated.
Tuesday 23 August 2011
Nick Ashford, one half of the legendary Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson that penned elegant, soulful classics funk hits for the likes of Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and Chaka Khan, has died at the age of 70, his former publicist said.
Friday 19 August 2011
Monday 01 August 2011
Drake has collaborated with Stevie Wonder on his new album.
Sunday 24 July 2011
This is the debut UK release for a 1978 live recording, which is Volume 5 in a top, top survey of the King of Motown's solo career.
Friday 22 July 2011
Beach Boy Brian Wilson quoted one of his own songs to thank his fans as he was honoured at a top music awards.
Sunday 17 July 2011
Stefan Kendal Gordy and Skyler Husten Gordy, respectively the son and grandson of Motown founder Berry Gordy, have presumably never had to do a day's work in their lives. So, given unlimited leisure time and unimaginable wealth, what do you do? You party, and you party non-stop.
Friday 15 July 2011
At last, something good from France that doesn't feature a vocoder.
Friday 15 July 2011
LMFAO – L stands for "Laughing", O for "Off" – are the family that plays together, DJs Redfoo and SkyBlue being the son and grandson respectively of Motown founder Berry Gordy, which makes them uncle and nephew.
Friday 01 July 2011
In 1971, there were a limited number of options for a soul singer like Marvin Gaye.
Sunday 26 June 2011
The most perfect suite of music recorded in my lifetime.
Sunday 05 June 2011
The move from Motor City to California gets a bad rep but this neat digest contains one masterpiece, a couple of classics and some interesting obscurities.
Monday 02 May 2011
Raphael Saadiq and his band have just come out to play their encore and we should all be grateful that they are back on stage – not just because their performance has been brilliant, but because there would have been a stampede had they failed to return.
Sunday 10 April 2011
It's long been conventional to regard the gap between the fading of rock'n'roll's 1950s thunderclap and the first landing of the British Invasion in 1964 as a sort of taste vacuum in pop.
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