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Nick Ashford (1941–2011)


Nick Ashford was born on May 4, 1941 in Fairfield, South Carolina, USA as Nickolas Ashford. He was married to Valerie Simpson. He died on August 22, 2011 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. See full bio »

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 2013-2014 Scandal (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Baby Made a Mess (2014) ... (writer: "I'm Every Woman" - uncredited)
- A Woman Scorned (2013) ... (writer: "You're All I Need to Get By" - uncredited)
 2008-2014 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (writer - 6 episodes)
- It's Movie Night (2014) ... (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough")
- Premiere Week (2013) ... (writer: "Tears Dry on Their Own")
- Episode #14.1 (2012) ... (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough")
- Round Eight (2009) ... (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - uncredited)
- Round One: The Men (2009) ... (writer: "I Am Your Man" - uncredited)
 2014 Strictly Come Dancing (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Week 1: Show 2 (2014) ... (writer: "I'm Every Woman" - uncredited)
 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough")
 2014 Loose Women (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #18.169 (2014) ... (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - uncredited)
 2014 Blended (writer: "I'm Every Woman" - as Nickolas Ashford)
 2014 RuPaul's Drag Race (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Shade: The Rusical (2014) ... (writer: "I'm Every Woman")
 2014 RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked! (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Shade: The Rusical (2014) ... (writer: "I'm Every Woman")
 2013 The Voice of the Philippines (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Final Showdown, Part 2 (2013) ... (writer: "I'm Every Woman")
 2011-2013 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Series) (writer - 13 episodes)
- Episode #21.130 (2013) ... (writer: "I Don't Need No Doctor" - uncredited)
- Episode #21.119 (2013) ... (writer: "I Don't Need No Doctor" - uncredited)
- Episode #21.95 (2013) ... (writer: "I Don't Need No Doctor" - uncredited)
- Episode #21.86 (2013) ... (writer: "I Don't Need No Doctor", "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" - uncredited)
- Episode #21.7 (2012) ... (writer: "I Don't Need No Doctor" - uncredited)
 2013 Home & Family (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 13 March 2013 (2013) ... (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough")
 2013 Stevie Wonder with Friends: Celebrating a Message of Peace (TV Movie) (writer: "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)")
 2013 Glee (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- I Do (2013) ... (writer: "You're All I Need To Get By" - uncredited)
 2012 VH1 Divas 2012 (TV Movie) (writer: "I'm Every Woman" - as Nickolas Ashford)
 2004-2012 The X Factor (TV Series) (writer - 9 episodes)
- Live Show 2 (2012) ... (writer: "Tears Dry on Their Own", "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - uncredited)
- Episode #7.6 (2010) ... (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - uncredited)
- Episode #5.29 (2008) ... (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - uncredited)
- Episode #5.7 (2008) ... (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - uncredited)
- Bootcamp 2 (2007) ... (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough")
 2012/I Sparkle (writer: "You're All I Need To Get By" - as Nickolas Ashford)
 2012 Voices Reaching Out (TV Movie) (writer: "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)")
 2012 Duets (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Classic Duets (2012) ... (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "You're All I Need to Get By")
 2011 Late Show with David Letterman (TV Series) (writer - 5 episodes)
- Episode #19.39 (2011) ... (writer: "I Don't Need No Doctor" - uncredited)
- Episode #19.30 (2011) ... (writer: "I Don't Need No Doctor" - uncredited)
- Dr. Jill Biden/Ted Danson/Trampoline Stunt on 53rd Street (2011) ... (writer: "I Don't Need No Doctor" - uncredited)
- Episode #19.5 (2011) ... (writer: "I Don't Need No Doctor" - uncredited)
- Episode #18.178 (2011) ... (writer: "I Don't Need No Doctor", "Let's Go Get Stoned", "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "Solid" - uncredited)
 2009-2011 American Idol (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- 11 Finalists Compete (2011) ... (writer: "You're All I Need to Get By")
- Live Results Show: Two Contestants Eliminated (2009) ... (writer: "I'm Every Woman")
 2011 The Lincoln Lawyer (writer: "California Soul (Lincoln Lawyer Remix)" - as Nickolas Ashford)
 2011 Sidewalls (writer: "Ain't no mountain high enough")
 2010 The Women of SNL (TV Movie) (writer: "I'm Every Woman" - uncredited)
 2010 20 to 1 (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Greatest Aussie Chart Toppers (2010) ... (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - as Nickolas Ashford)
 2010 Anderson's Cross (writer: "Remember Me")
 2010 Britain's Got Talent (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #4.3 (2010) ... (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - uncredited)
 2009 Karaoke Revolution (Video Game) (lyrics: "Solid" - as Nickolas Ashford) / (music: "Solid" - as Nickolas Ashford)
 2009 This Morning (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 28 October 2009 (2009) ... (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough")
 2009 Sorority Wars (TV Movie) (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough")
 2009 Southland (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Mozambique (2009) ... (writer: "Tears Dry On Their Own" - uncredited)
 2009 Ashford and Simpson: The Real Thing (Video) (performer: "It's Much Deeper", "Your Precious Love", "Stay Free", "Found A Cure", "Still Such A Thing", "Solid", "Gimme Something Real", "I'm Every Woman", "I'm Not That Tough", "This is Where We Meet", "I Don't Ride That Train", "Born This Way", "Invisible Life", "Let's Go Get Stoned", "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing", "You're All I Need To Get By", "Reach Out And Touch (Somebody's Hand)", "Ain't No Mountain High Enough") / (writer: "It's Much Deeper", "Your Precious Love", "Stay Free", "Found A Cure", "Still Such A Thing", "Solid", "Gimme Something Real", "I'm Every Woman", "I'm Not That Tough", "This is Where We Meet", "I Don't Ride That Train", "Born This Way", "Invisible Life", "Let's Go Get Stoned", "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing", "You're All I Need To Get By", "Reach Out And Touch (Somebody's Hand)", "Ain't No Mountain High Enough")
 2008 Nobel Peace Prize Concert (TV Special documentary) (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)")
 2008 Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore 2 (Video Game) (lyrics: "I'm Every Woman" - as Nickolas Ashford) / (music: "I'm Every Woman" - as Nickolas Ashford)
 2008 Nit vint-i-cinc (TV Special) (writer: "Cap cim és prou alt (Ain't No Mountain High Enough)")
 2008 The Young and the Restless (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.8959 (2008) ... (writer: "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing")
 2008 The Poker House (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - as Nicholas Ashford)
 2008/I The Deal (writer: "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" - as Nickolas Ashford)
 2007 The Singing Bee (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.5 (2007) ... (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough")
- Episode #1.3 (2007) ... (writer: "I'm Every Woman")
 2007 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (writer: "I'm Every Woman" - as Nickolas Ashford)
 2007 So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Top 14 (2007) ... (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough")
 2006 Everybody Hates Chris (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Everybody Hates Thanksgiving (2006) ... (writer: "Solid")
 2006 Wellkåmm to Verona (writer: "Your precious love")
 2005 Get Rich or Die Tryin' (as Nickolas Ashford, "Best Friend")
 2005 Karaoke Revolution Party (Video Game) (as Nicoklas Ashford, "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing")
 2005 Chicken Little (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough")
 2005 The 40-Year-Old Virgin (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (1966), "I'm Every Woman" - as Nickolas Ashford)
 2004 Peep Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Wedding (2004) ... (writer: "Solid (As a Rock)" - uncredited)
 2004 Arrested Development (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The One Where They Build a House (2004) ... (writer: "Solid")
 2004 Karaoke Revolution Volume 3 (Video Game) (as Nickolas Ashford, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough")
 2004 Nip/Tuck (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Joel Gideon (2004) ... (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough")
 2004 Barbershop 2: Back in Business (writer: "Your Precious Love" - as Nickolas Ashford)
 2003 Hollywood Homicide (writer: "Your Precious Love" - as Nickolas Ashford)
 2003 The Italian Job (as Nicholas Ashford, "California Soul")
 2003 Deliver Us from Eva (writer: "You're All I Need to Get By" (1969) - as Nickolas Ashford)
 2002 Operación triunfo (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.11 (2002) ... (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough")
 2002 8 Mile (writer: "I'll Be There For You" (Puff Daddy Remix) - as Nickolas Ashford)
 2002 Standing in the Shadows of Motown (Documentary) (as Nickolas Ashford, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough")
 2001 Ghost World (writer: "Solid (As a Rock)" - as Nickolas Ashford)
 2001 Bridget Jones's Diary (writer: "I'M EVERY WOMAN", "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - as Ashford)
 2000 Periodistas (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Hay que enrollarse con la peña (2000) ... (writer: "Ain't no mountain high enough")
 2000 Remember the Titans (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough")
 2000 Beautiful (writer: "I'm Every Woman" - as Nickolas Ashford)
 2000 The Crew (writer: "I Don't Need No Doctor")
 2000 Honest (writer: "You're All I Need to Get By", "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing")
 1999 Our Friend, Martin (Video) (writer: "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)", "Ain't No Mountain High Enough")
 1998 Stepmom (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - as Nickolas Ashford)
 1998 54 (writer: "The Boss", "Found A Cure" - as Nickolas Ashford)
 1998 The Basement (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 27 August 1998 (1998) ... (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough")
 1996 High School High (writer: "Your Precious Love" - as Nickolas Ashford)
 1995 Television's Greatest Performances I (TV Special) (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough")
 1994 Trevor (Short) (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - as Nickolas Ashford)
 1993 Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - as Nickolas Ashford)
 1992 The Bodyguard (writer: "I'm Every Woman" - as Nickolas Ashford)
 1991 Reasonable Doubts (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Hard Bargains (1991) ... (writer: "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" - uncredited)
 1991 The Commitments (writer: "Destination Anywhere")
 1991 In Living Color (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Hour of Power: Tag Team Evangelists (1991) ... (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough")
 1990 Woodstock: The Lost Performances (Video documentary) (writer: "Let's Go Get Stoned" - as Nickolas Ashford)
 1990 Def by Temptation (performer: "Hungry for Me Again" - as Nicholas Ashford) / (producer: "Hungry for Me Again" - as Nicholas Ashford) / (writer: "Hungry for Me Again" - as Nicholas Ashford)
 1989-1990 The Wonder Years (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1990) ... (writer: "You're All I Need to Get By" - uncredited)
- The Pimple (1989) ... (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - uncredited)
 1989 Designing Women (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Rowdy Girls (1989) ... (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough")
 1988 Freedomfest: Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Celebratation (TV Special documentary) (performer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands", " (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher") / (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough")
 1987 Maid to Order (lyrics: "I Can Still Shine" - as Ashford) / (music: "I Can Still Shine" - as Ashford)
 1985 Fame (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll II (1985) ... (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - as Nickolas Ashford)
 1984 Gimme an 'F' (writer: "We've Got The Real Thing")
 1984 Body Rock (producer: "The Jungle", "Do You Know Who I Am" - as Nickolas Ashford) / (writer: "The Jungle", "Do You Know Who I Am", "The Closest To Love" - as Nickolas Ashford)
 1984 DTV: Rock, Rhythm & Blues (Video) (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough")
 1980 Roadie (writer: "Your Precious Love" - as Nickolas Ashford)
 1979 Diana Ross in Concert! (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (reprise))
 1979 Top of the Pops (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode dated 18 January 1979 (1979) ... (writer: "I'm Every Woman")
- Episode dated 11 January 1979 (1979) ... (writer: "I'm Every Woman")
 1978 The Wiz ("Is This What Feeling Gets? (Dorothy's Theme)") / (writer: "Can I Go On Not Knowing?")
 1977 The Sonny and Cher Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.19 (1977) ... (writer: "It Takes Two / Where Is the Love / You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling / Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing")
 1976 Good Times (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Break Up (1976) ... (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - uncredited)
 1972 Evening at Pops (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 20 July 1972 (1972) ... (writer: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough")
 1971 The Two Ronnies (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.8 (1971) ... (writer: "Remember Me")
 1970 The Boys in the Band (writer: "Good Lovin' Ain't Easy to Come By")
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Other Works:

Part of the R&B duo, Ashford & Simpson. Their biggest hit was "Solid" in 1985. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Article | 2 Pictorials | See more »

Alternate Names:

Nicholas Ashford | Nickolas Ashford | Ashford | Ashford & Simpson | Ashford and Simpson

Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on how he met the future Valerie Simpson, who would later become his songwriter partner and wife]: It happened a lot of ways; most of the time, it's just spontaneous. She'll [Valerie] start to play, she'll take me over, my body, her spirit just gets in me, and I know what she's playing. See more »

Trivia:

Inducted with his wife, Valerie Simpson, into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002. See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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