Valerie Simpson is without her Ashford today, but heaven is now with a mighty lion whose nipples blow out glitter confetti (proof above) and can whip out a melody with just the flip of his glorious mane. Nick Ashford of Ashford & Simpson is now singing God’s permanent campaign song “Solid” live up in heaven today. Nick passed away from throat cancer at a hospital in New York last night. Nick was 69 years old.
Ashford & Simpson’s love first bloomed when they met in 1964 and they immediately started making beautiful music together. Together they wrote: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, I’m Every Woman, Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand, Found a Cure, Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing, You’re All I Need To Get By and a million more. Basically, if Ashford & Simpson never wrote songs together, our ears, Marvin Gaye, Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, romantic comedies, every stupid contestant on every stupid singing reality competition, karaoke bars, your mom on cleaning day and wedding DJs would all be fucked.
Nick is survived by his partner in everything Valerie and their two daughters.
Rest in peace, Nick.