Five For Friday: By Ashford & Simpson

Since it’s Valerie Simpson’s birthday, I wanted to feature songs written by her and her late husband, Nickolas Ashford. They were a particularly good songwriting team.

  1. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, “Ain’t No Mountain High Eough”
  2. The 5th Dimension, “California Soul”
  3. Ray Charles, “Let’s Go Get Stoned”
  4. Chaka Khan, “I’m Every Woman”
  5. Diana Ross, “Reach Out And Touch (Somebody’s Hand)”

That’s Five For Friday for August 26, 2022.

13 thoughts on “Five For Friday: By Ashford & Simpson

  1. How amazing that they were husband and wife and could collaborate on song writing too. I never knew they wrote these songs. It just shows how much we look at the surface…meaning the one who sings it.


    1. There have been a couple of husband-and-wife songwriting teams, not the least of which was Gerry Goffin and Carole King. Some others: Felice and Boudleaux Bryant (wrote most of the Everly Brothers’ hits) and Alan and Marilyn Bergman (worked with Michel Legrand, wrote “Windmills Of Your Mind”).


    1. I have no explanation for why it won’t play. It’s marked as a public playlist, none of the videos has any restrictions on it, and I tested all the songs to ensure that they would play on my blog page. All I can figure is that YouTube is being a jerk, which happens with alarming regularity these days…

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      1. That link worked fine. The message I got said the video was no longer available. I’ve had a couple of people say they can’t play my videos but most can unless they’re in pretty remote places. Go figure!

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