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Valerie Simpson (26 August Birthday)

PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 4:37 pm
by john poole
Valerie Simpson - born 26 August, 1946; The Bronx, New York

Ain't No Mountain High Enough (Ashford/ Simpson)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8IYJBbPEHE
Alternate clip in which Tammi appears to be taller than Marvin.

Quote from Motown guitarist Joe Messina - "I was afraid of Valerie Simpson's sessions. They were really difficult. She was a very talented lady."

Ace / Kent have recently released "The Real Thing - the songs of Ashford, Simpson & Armstead" compiled from Ashford & Simpson's pre-Motown days, when they often wrote with Josephine Armstead.
http://acerecords.co.uk/the-real-thing- ... n-armstead


This pre-Atlantic Aretha track is included -

Cry Like a Baby (Ashford / Simpson/ Armstead)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZdLI9bLaZA

Re: Valerie Simpson (26 August Birthday)

PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2016 11:41 am
by john poole
70 today

'I Don't Need No Doctor' - one of the last songs Ashford & Simpson wrote with Josephine "Joshie Jo" Armstead prior to A & S being signed to Motown

Valerie at Berklee College of Music in 2014 with the drummer Terri Lyne Carrington; and Geri Allen substituting on piano after a while
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDVOZyA0_iA

Nick Ashford's 1966 single (which does not appear to have given Armstead a writing credit) produced by Tom Wilson, recorded in the same month as Ray Charles, but released slightly later
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-T9tOvseoBA

A report on the documentary that Marshall Crenshaw is planning about the producer Tom Wilson (once featured by CG in the Invisible Visionaries series on R2)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertai ... story.html
http://www.producertomwilson.com/