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Overview (1)

Date of Birth 26 August 1945The Bronx, New York, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Valerie Simpson was born on August 26, 1945 in The Bronx, New York, USA. She was previously married to Nick Ashford.

Spouse (1)

Nick Ashford (30 November 1974 - 22 August 2011) (his death) (2 children)

Trivia (6)

Older sister of Ray Simpson.
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002 with husband Nick Ashford.
First met future husband, Nick Ashford, in a Harlem church in 1963.
Co-hostess, with Nick Ashford and Angela Stribling, of an infomercial for TimeLife's "Uptown Saturday Night" music collection. [2007]
The song "I'm Every Woman", first popularized by Chaka Khan (1978) and then Whitney Houston (1993), was written by Simpson and husband Nick Ashford.
Hit songs written by Miss Simpson and husband Nick Ashford include "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "Solid", "You're All I Need to Get By", "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing", "Let's Go Get Stoned", and "The Boss", recorded by many R&B and pop legends as Ray Charles, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell, The Supremes, Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops, Whitney Houston, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Martha & The Vandellas, Chaka Khan, The Temptations, and The Marvelettes.

Personal Quotes (2)

[on touring]: You can't fool them in a room like this, they're right on top of you.
[on writing songs from Diana Ross to Marvin Gaye, esp. themselves]: We were thrilled. It's a songwriters dream to have a song recorded and run up the charts.

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