My parents are upset about a death today, Nick Ashford. And my grandmother's upset. And I'm upset. And we all have our favorite song written by Ashford & Simpson -- Nick and his wife Valerie Simpson. They wrote hits in the 60s, in the 70s, in the 80s and Whitney gave them a hit in the 90s.
For me, Love or Physical is Ashford and Simpson. I was having my first serious crush and doing my first solo dating (as opposed to all your friends meet up at the movies and you call that a date) when I snagged the CD from my aunt. "Comes With The Package" was this bouncy number as was "Cookies and Cake" ("After all the love we make, I know the difference between, cookies and cake . . .") and the classic "I'll Be There For You" is on it too. That's their second biggest hit (as performers) by the way. It made it to number two on the soul charts. ("Solid" made it to number one.)
But there was also the amazing "Till We Get It Right." I just loved this album.
And to this day, when I listen to it, I always think about that first crush.
And "Your Precious Love" was the song my grandparents danced to at their wedding. My folks loved the 70s albums and used to play them all the time.
I asked C.I. who recorded their songs the most and she said it was Diana Ross. "Some Things You Never Get Used To," "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (with the Temptations), "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (solo for Diana), "Surrender," "The Boss," "Reach Out And Touch (Somebody's Hand)," "Ain't Nothing But A Maybe" and so much more.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"