List of songs written by Ashford & Simpson

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This is a list of songs written by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson.

Chart hits and other notable songs written by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson[edit]

Year Song[1] Original artist[1] U.S. Pop[2] U.S. R&B[3] UK Singles Chart[4] Other charting versions, and notes
1965 "The Real Thing" Betty Everett - - - Written by Ashford, Simpson, and Jo Armstead
1965: Tina Britt, #20 R&B[5]
"Let's Go Get Stoned" The Coasters - - - Written by Ashford, Simpson, and Jo Armstead
1966: Ray Charles, #31 US,[6] #1 R&B[7]
"One Step at a Time" Maxine Brown 55 - - Written by Ashford, Simpson, and Jo Armstead
"Hey Ho, What You Do to Me" The Guess Who 125 - - Written by Ashford, Simpson, and Jo Armstead, #3 hit in Canada
"Never Had It So Good" Ronnie Milsap 106 19[8] - Written by Ashford, Simpson, and Jo Armstead
B-side: Let's Go Get Stoned
1966 "The Hard Way" The Nashville Teens - - 45 Written by Ashford, Simpson, and Jo Armstead
"Cry Like a Baby" Aretha Franklin - 27 - Written by Ashford, Simpson, and Jo Armstead
1973: Dorothy Moore, #79 R&B
"I Don't Need No Doctor" Ray Charles 72 45 - Written by Ashford, Simpson, and Jo Armstead
1971: Humble Pie, #71 US
1972: New Riders of the Purple Sage, #81 US
1987: W.A.S.P. (live), #31 UK
1967 "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 19 3 - 1970: Diana Ross, #1 US, #1 R&B, #6 UK
1981: Boys Town Gang, #46 UK
1986: Diana Ross, #85 UK (reissue)
1998: Whitehouse, #60 UK
1998: Jocelyn Brown, #35 UK
Credited as co-writers with Amy Winehouse, following use of sample:
2007: Amy Winehouse, "Tears Dry on Their Own", #16 UK
2011: Amy Winehouse, "Tears Dry on Their Own", #27 UK (reissue)
"Your Precious Love" Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 5 2 - 1982: Al Jarreau and Randy Crawford, #16 R&B
1990: Tamika Patton, #20 R&B
1999: Erykah Badu and D'Angelo, #83 R&B
"California Soul" The Messengers - - - 1968: The 5th Dimension, #25 US, #49 R&B
1970: Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, #56 US
2005: Riot Act, #59 UK
1968 "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 8 1 34 1974: Aretha Franklin, #47 US, #6 R&B
1976: Donny and Marie Osmond, #21 US
1982: Chris Christian, #88 US
1994: Marcella Detroit and Elton John, #24 UK
"Some Things You Never Get Used To" Diana Ross and the Supremes 30 43 34
"You're All I Need to Get By" Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 7 1 19 1971: Aretha Franklin, #19 US, #3 R&B
1975: Tony Orlando & Dawn, #34 US
1978: Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams, #47 US, #10 R&B, #45 UK
1995: Method Man, #3 US, #1 R&B, #10 UK
"I Am Your Man" Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers 85 40 -
"Destination: Anywhere" The Marvelettes 63 28 -
"Keep On Lovin' Me Honey" Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 24 11 -
1969 "You Ain't Livin' Till You're Lovin'" Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell - - 21
"Good Lovin' Ain't Easy to Come By" Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 30 11 26
"Didn't You Know (You'd Have to Cry Sometime)" Gladys Knight and the Pips 63 11 -
"The Onion Song" Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 50 18 9
"What You Gave Me" Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 49 6 -
1970 "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)" Diana Ross 20 7 33 1973: Diana Ross, #51 UK (reissue)
"Who's Gonna Take the Blame" Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 46 9 -
"Remember Me" Diana Ross 16 10 7
1971 "Surrender" Diana Ross 38 16 10
1972 "Tear It On Down" Martha Reeves and the Vandellas - 37 -
"Silly Wasn't I" Valerie Simpson 63 24 - Written by Ashford, Simpson, and Jo Armstead
1973 "(I'd Know You) Anywhere" Ashford & Simpson 88 37 -
1974 "Have You Ever Tried It" Ashford & Simpson - 77 -
"Main Line" Ashford & Simpson - 37 -
"Don't Send Nobody Else" Ace Spectrum 57 20 -
"Everybody's Got to Give It Up" Ashford & Simpson - 53 -
"Shoe Shoe Shine" The Dynamic Superiors 68 16 -
1975 "I Had a Love " Ben E. King - 77 -
"Bend Me" Ashford & Simpson - 73 -
"Leave It Alone" The Dynamic Superiors - 13 -
"Nobody's Gonna Change Me" The Dynamic Superiors - 51 -
"Deception" The Dynamic Superiors - 53 -
1976 "It'll Come, It'll Come, It'll Come" Ashford & Simpson - 96 -
"Somebody Told a Lie" Ashford & Simpson - 58 -
"Tried, Tested and Found True" Ashford & Simpson - 52 -
1977 "So So Satisfied" Ashford & Simpson - 27 -
"Over and Over" Ashford & Simpson - 39 -
"Send It" Ashford & Simpson - 15 -
1978 "Don't Cost You Nothing" Ashford & Simpson 79 10 51
"By Way of Love's Express" Ashford & Simpson - 35 -
"Stuff Like That" Quincy Jones 21 1 34 Written by Ashford, Simpson, Steve Gadd, Eric Gale, Quincy Jones, Ralph MacDonald and Richard Tee
"It Seems to Hang On" Ashford & Simpson - 2 48
"Ride-O-Rocket" The Brothers Johnson - 45 50
"I'm Every Woman" Chaka Khan 21 1 11 1989: Chaka Khan (remix), #8 UK
1993: Whitney Houston, #4 US, #5 R&B, #4 UK
2004: Chaka Khan (reissue), #80 UK
"Is It Still Good to Ya" Ashford & Simpson - 12 -
1979 "What You Gave Me " Diana Ross - 86 -
"Flashback" Ashford & Simpson - 70 -
"Found a Cure" Ashford & Simpson 36 2 -
"The Boss" Diana Ross 19 12 40 1997: The Braxtons, #31 UK
"Nobody Knows" Ashford & Simpson - 19 -
"No One Gets the Prize" Diana Ross - - 59
"It's My House" Diana Ross - 27 32 1979: Storm, #36 UK
1980 "Gimme Something Real" Wardell Piper - 53 -
"Clouds" Chaka Khan - 10 - 1997: The Source, #38 UK
"Top of the Stairs" Collins and Collins - 68 -
"Landlord" Gladys Knight and the Pips 46 3 -
"Love Don't Make It Right" Ashford & Simpson - 6 -
"A Taste of Bitter Love" Gladys Knight and the Pips - 38 35
"Happy Endings" Ashford & Simpson - 35 -
"Bourgie', Bourgie'" Gladys Knight and the Pips - 45 32
1981 "Bad Company" Ullanda McCullough - 36 -
"I Will Fight" Gladys Knight and the Pips - 21 -
"If That'll Make You Happy " Gladys Knight and the Pips - 37 -
"Get Out Your Handkerchief " Ashford & Simpson - 65 -
"It Shows in the Eyes" Ashford & Simpson - 34 -
1982 "A Friend of Mine" Gladys Knight and the Pips - 50 -
"Keep Away Girls" Stephanie Mills - 13 -
"Street Corner" Ashford & Simpson 56 9 -
"Love It Away" Ashford & Simpson - 20 -
1983 "High-Rise" Ashford & Simpson - 17 -
"It's Much Deeper" Ashford & Simpson - 45 -
1984 "Solid" Ashford & Simpson 12 1 3
1985 "Outta the World" Ashford & Simpson - 4 -
"Babies" Ashford & Simpson - 29 56
1986 "Count Your Blessings" Ashford & Simpson - 4 79
1989 "I'll Be There for You" Ashford & Simpson - 2 -
"Uh-Uh Ooh-Ooh Look Out (Here It Comes)" Roberta Flack - 37 72
1990 "Hungry for Me Again" Ashford & Simpson - 40 -
1996 "Been Found" Ashford & Simpson - 80 -

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Songs written by Nickolas Ashford, MusicVF.com. Retrieved 8 September 2014
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2003). Top Pop Singles 1955-2002 (1st ed.). Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-155-1.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-1995. Record Research.
  4. ^ Betts, Graham (2004). Complete UK Hit Singles 1952-2004 (1st ed.). London: Collins. ISBN 0-00-717931-6.
  5. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (The Week of June 19, 1965)". Billboard.com. Billboard Music. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  6. ^ "The Hot 100 (The Week of July 16, 1966)". Billboard.com. Billboard Music. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (The Week of July 23, 1966)". Billboard.com. Billboard Music. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (The Week of November 27, 1965)". Billboard.com. Billboard Music. Retrieved 1 October 2017.