Black Love: Ashford and Simpson

Black Love: Ashford and Simpson
ESSENCE.COM Aug, 23, 2011

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Valerie, born and raised in The Bronx, and Nick, a southern boy from South Carolina, found soul mates in each other.

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Ashford and Simpson, who met in church, pose to perfection in this 1975 portrait shot when the duo was signed to Warner Bros Records.

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Nick and Valerie’s love seemed picture perfect from the start.

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Soulful duo Ashford And Simpson on stage at Wembley in London, in 1984.

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Nick and Valerie Simpson help Patti LaBelle celebrate her 60th Birthday.

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Ashford and Simpson perform in New York City in 1987, and clearly still only have eyes for each other.

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Nick Ashford attends Chado Ralph Rucci Fall 2010 during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at on February 11, 2010 in New York City.

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Ashford and Simpson hanging out with Whoopi Goldberg.

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01 Nov 1989
NEW YORK CITYNOVEMBER 1: Musician Nickolas Ashford attending ‘David Dinkins Benefit’ on November 1, 1989 at the Palladium in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

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Nick and Valerie share the podium during an awards show presentation.

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Ashford and Simpson during the 33rd Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards at Sheraton Hotel in New York City.

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The happy couple pose with celebrity pals
Jermaine Dupri, Janet Jackson, and Usher.

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Nick and Valerie in their prime during an energized 1985 performance.

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Known for their fabulous stage presence and pipes, here we see Nick and Valerie showing off their savvy sense of 70s style.

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The lovebirds perform on stage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana on May 5, 1990.

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When Ashford and Simpson hit the stage they never disappointed, leaving fans feeling good and wanting more.

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Nick and Valerie belt out their favorite tunes at a performance at the Hilton Atlanta.

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Hitting the red carpet in the 90s.

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Nick and Valerie pose with good friend and fellow Motown artist Stevie Wonder in 1978.

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In 2002 Nick and Valerie were honored as inductees at the 33rd Annual Songwriters Hall Of Fame Awards induction ceremony in New York City.

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Posing pretty at the pre-Grammy Awards party in 2000.

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Out and about, the pair attends the premiere of Tyler Perry’s ‘For Colored Girls’ at Ziegfeld Theatre in October 2010 in New York City.

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Nick and Valerie arrive at the unveiling of Tyler Perry Studios on October 4, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Ashford and Simpson take to the stage to perform at the ‘Motown 45’ Anniversary Celebration Show in 2004 in Los Angeles. Tehy made many hits with Motown.

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The pair never missed a chance to step out onto the red carpet in style.

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Ashford and Simpson never stopped performing their hits; shown her at The Apollo Theater on February 15, 2011 in New York City.