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Good on ya’ Mitt. You cracked a joke. I didn’t think you had it in you. You’re usually as stiff as a cardboard cutout of yourself, yet you cracked a joke…and it was funny.Good on ya’ Mitt. You cracked a joke. I didn’t think you had it in you.... more
Sayin' it then, sayin' it now.
Not a good week for Music.
Take a trip back to 1967, to the height of American recording label Stax Records. This little Memphis label was breaking boundaries and imprinting the future of music, signing acts that included Booker T. and the MG’s, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Isaac Hayes, William Bell, The Mar-Keys and Carla Thomas.
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There's nothing like music to soothe your day. Wafting melodies. Soaring inspiration. Tranquility. Then, there's this music. Enjoy Betty White, Gwyneth Paltrow, Nickleback does Motown, lapdances, burritos, and more.There's nothing like music to soothe your day. Wafting melodies. Soaring... more
The New York Times...
August 22, 2011
Nick Ashford, of Motown Writing Duo, Dies at 70
By BEN SISARIO
Nick Ashford, who with Valerie Simpson, his songwriting partner and later wife, wrote some of Motown’s biggest hits, like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough“ and “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” and later recorded their own hits and toured as a duo, died Monday at a hospital in New York City. He was 70 and lived in Manhattan.
Mr. Ashford had throat cancer and was undergoing treatment, but the cause of his death was not immediately known. His death was announced by Liz Rosenberg, a friend who is a longtime music publicist.
One of the primary songwriting and producing teams of Motown, Ashford & Simpson specialized in romantic duets of the most dramatic kind, professing the power of true love and the comforts of sweet talk. In “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” from 1967, their first of several hits for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, lovers in close harmony proclaim their determination that “no wind, no rain, no winter’s cold, can stop me, baby,” but also make cuter promises: “If you’re ever in trouble, I’ll be there on the double.”
Gaye and Terrell also sang the duo’s songs “Your Precious Love,” “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” and “You’re All I Need to Get By.” Diana Ross sang their “Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand,” and when she rerecorded “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough“ in 1970, it became the former Supreme’s first No. 1 hit as a solo artist.
“They had magic, and that’s what creates those wonderful hits, that magic,” Verdine White of Earth, Wind and Fire told The Associated Press after learning of his friend’s death. “Without those songs, those artists wouldn’t have been able to go to the next level.”
Nickolas Ashford was born in Fairfield, S.C., and raised in Willow Run, Mich., where his father, Calvin, was a construction worker. He got his musical start at Willow Run Baptist Church, singing and writing songs for the gospel choir. He briefly attended Eastern Michigan University, in Ypsilanti, before heading to New York, where he tried but failed to find success as a dancer.
In 1964, while homeless, Mr. Ashford went to White Rock Baptist Church in Harlem, where he met Ms. Simpson, a 17-year-old recent high school graduate who was studying music. They began writing songs together, selling the first bunch for $64. In 1966, after Ray Charles sang “Let’s Go Get Stoned,” a song Ashford & Simpson wrote with Joey Armstead, the duo signed on with Motown as staff writers and producers.
They wrote for virtually every major act on the label, including Gladys Knight and the Pips (“Didn’t You Know You’d Have to Cry Sometime”) and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles (“Who’s Gonna Take the Blame”).
While writing for Motown, Ashford & Simpson nursed a desire to perform, which Berry Gordy Jr., the founder and patriarch of the label, discouraged. They left the label in 1973 and married in 1974.
Ashford & Simpson’s initial collaborations sold poorly, but by the late ‘70s, songs like “Don’t Cost You Nothing,” “It Seems to Hang On” and “Found a Cure” became hits on the R&B charts. Their biggest hit as a solo act was “Solid,” which reached No. 12 on the pop chart and No. 1 on the R&B chart in 1984.
They also continued to write hits for other people. “I’m Every Woman“ was a hit for Chaka Khan in 1978, and later for Whitney Houston on the soundtrack to the 1992 film “The Bodyguard.” In 1996, they opened the Sugar Bar on West 72nd Street in Manhattan, where they often presided over open mic nights. Recently, they received a songwriting credit on Amy Winehouse’s song “Tears Dry on Their Own,” which contains a sample from “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”
Besides his wife, Mr. Ashford is survived by two daughters, Nicole and Asia; his brothers Paul, Albert and Frank; and his mother, Alice Ashford.
Ashford & Simpson toured throughout their career, their harmony and vocal interplay illustrating the passion of their lyrics and of their life together.
“When Ms. Simpson sits down at the piano and begins to sing in a bright pop-gospel voice, unchanged since the 1970s,” Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote in a review in 2007, “she awakens the spirit and tosses it to Mr. Ashford, whose quirkier voice, with its airy falsetto, has gained in strength from the old days. Soon they are urging each other on. By the time their romantic relay winds to a close, both are sweating profusely, and the audience is delirious.”
PHOTO: Richard Termine for The New York Times
Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson performing in 2006 at the Regency Hotel in Manhattan.
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The Sophisticated Soul of Brenda Holloway.
Soul of the 60's . . . .
A bit of soul on the Roundtable tonight compliments of those marvelous Marvelettes and their 1967 hit "My Baby Must Be A Magician".A bit of soul on the Roundtable tonight compliments of those marvelous Marvelettes and... more
'Lovergirl' Singer Teena Marie Dead at 54
47 minutes ago by TMZ Staff
Grammy nominated singer Teena Marie -- once known as Rick James' protégée -- died in her sleep last night at the age of 54 ... TMZ has confirmed with Teena's rep Lynn Jeter.
So far it's unclear what caused the singer's death.
Marie was nominated for a Grammy four times ... her first top ten hit was "I'm Just a Sucker for Your Love."
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Marvin Isley of Isley Bros. dies at 56
By the CNN Wire Staff
June 7, 2010 10:02 p.m. EDT
(CNN) -- Marvin Isley, youngest member of the soulful Isley Brothers R&B group, has died from complications with diabetes, hospital officials said Monday. He was 56.
Isley passed away Sunday morning at the Seasons Hospice within Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, according to representatives at both facilities.
The original group formed in 1954 with the three eldest brothers Isley -- O'Kelly Jr., Rudolph and Ronald -- which recorded several singles, including "Shout," "This Old Heart of Mine" and the Grammy-winning "It's Your Thing." Marvin Isley joined in 1973, when the group expanded to six performers.
The full group enjoyed massive radio airplay with lists of hits, including "That Lady," "The Heat is On," "Go For Your Guns" and "Fight the Power."
The Isley Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. Marvin retired from performing five years later, and eventually diabetes led him to have both legs amputated.
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Falling in line with Boyz II Men’s previous 2007 Motown cover album, the band’s tentative release of Love in November of 2009 will feature more of the same nostalgic allusions which their last two cover albums did (Throwback Vol. 1 and Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA sufficiently summarizing the last thirty or so years of popular music).Falling in line with Boyz II Men’s previous 2007 Motown cover album, the... more
The world-famous Motown Records has just turned 50 years old, a milestone for any record company. In this article, Motown's main players reflect on the legendary label's legacy.The world-famous Motown Records has just turned 50 years old, a milestone for any... more
It is impossible to watch Michael's helicopter ride without remembering first seeing him with his brothers on a black & white T.V. in '69: I Want You Back... A tragic end to a gifted man.It is impossible to watch Michael's helicopter ride without remembering first... more
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In today's show :
I ate all the wrong things.
Maureens Spanish experience.
Ice Age 3.
Blood, Sweat & Tea.
What's it like to never be really cold ?
Too much meat.
Retiring to a different country.
Any invites for dinner ?
Amy's fashion advice.
Never buy a house built on a flood plain.
What does it say on the bag ?
A better time with James ?
More Ebay stories.
Cooking tips from Ketan.
Could I be one of the new Vandella's ?
£90 for a pair of jeans !
Leigh does a talk show.
A heavy going mass.
Healthcare in Spain.
Someone knows Martha Reeves & Mary Wilson.
The sermon went on and on.
Why no organ ?
Different flavour cheese.
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I met my first boyfriend while this song was on the charts. The Supremes without Ross, Wow, harmonies again! History is on our side, if time isn't.
The fence is where Matthew Shepard was tied, beaten and left for dead. Alongside the picture, Mrs. Shepard.I met my first boyfriend while this song was on the charts. The Supremes without... more