Ashford & Simpson
Nickolas Ashford (b. May 4, 1942, Fairfield, SC) and Valerie Simpson (b. Aug 26, 1946, New York City) have two careers, as songwriters and as performers, with the former seemingly more important than the latter until the mid-'80s. The two met in 1964 and immediately recorded their debut as Valerie & Nick, which failed to hit. Instead, they scored their first hit as songwriters in 1966 with Ray Charles' recording of their "Let's Go Get Stoned.