*The value of a media brand as mature as RadioScope can fade in the fast paced, highly technical and now complex corporate structure of radio, but it is when we can go into our archives and recall intimate times with the icons, that we know that our value in the history of black entertainment is immeasurable.
It was February 2009, that Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson last spoke with RadioScope founder and EURweb publisher, Lee Bailey. The dynamic duo of Ashford and Simpson were celebrating 45 years of marriage and nearly the same amount of time in the music industry. As Nick recalls, it was a melodic destiny when he and Val met back in 1964.
Nick on meeting Valerie by EURnews
The moment was also dedicated to the release of “The Real Thing CD, DVD & Blu Ray.” Remember, before the Obamas became America’s first couple, Ashford and Simpson graced the throne of love and music for more than four decades writing hits like the Ray Charles classic “Let’s Go Get Stoned,” Motown hits “Ain’t othing Like The Real Thing,” ”Reach Out And Touch,” and many more. Then there the Chaka hits and none were more famous than the female anthem, “I’m Every Woman.” Ashford and Simpson also had their share of their own hits like “It Seems To Hang On,” “Send It,” “Is It Still Good To You,” “Solid As A Rock,” and “Found A Cure” to name a few.
Treasured moments have been spent chronicling the artistry of this master craftsmen; a fine musician, a husband, a colleague in the entertainment business and a friend. Our TV networks seem to forget about us but Lee Bailey’s RadioScope has talked to nearly every name in show business in the past twenty five years. We have the archives of stories told & untold, sung and still unsung. In the case of Nickolas Ashford, it seems to hang on. Our hearts go out to Valerie Simpson and the entire Ashford family.