Happy Birthday Valerie Simpson. ‘Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Valerie’

This day (August 26, 1946), in Bronx, New York, is born Valerie Simpson, one half of the songwriter/producers and performers couple Ashford & Simpson Digest Tracklist : Send Me To the 'Lectric Chair (2019) . Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ (2018) . It’s My House (2017) . I’m Every Woman (2014) . w/ Clayton – Street Corner (2012) . w/ Usher & Mike Stoller – You’re All I Need To Get By /…

The Temptations release ‘All Directions’ featuring ‘Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone’ and produced by Norman Whitfield (1972)

The Temptations 'All Directions' is their fifteenth album featuring 'Papa Was a Rollin' Stone,' produced by Norman Whitfield and released on July 27, 1972 by Gordy1 . Papa Was A Rolling Stone (1972) 2 . Love woke me up this morning 3 . Love Woke Me Up This Morning (Paris, 1973) 4 . The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Paris, 1973) Track Listing : 1.Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On (Barrett…

Teddy Pendergrass releases his fifth album : ‘TP’ featuring ‘Can’t We Try’ and ‘Love T.K.O.’ (1980)

Teddy Pendergrass ' 'TP' feat. 'Can't We Try' & 'Love T.K.O.' is his fifth album released on July 25, 1980 by Philadelphia International Records.1 . Love TKO (London 1982) Track Listing : 1.Is It Still Good To Ya? (Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson) - 04:36 . 2.Take Me In Your Arms Tonight (Duet With Stephanie Mills) (Dexter Wansel, Cynthia Biggs) - 05:28 . 3.I Just Called To Say (Cecil…

Motown release ‘Diana Ross,’ her self-titled debut solo album featuring ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ (1970)

Diana Ross' feat. 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' is her eponymous debut solo album released on June 19, 1970 by Motown.1 . Reach Out And Touch 2 . Ain't No Mountain High Enough 3 . Ain't No Mountain High Enough (Dick Clark Live Wednesday, 1978) 4 . Reach Out And Touch (Somebody's Hand) (1979) Track Listing : 1.Reach Out And Touch (Somebody'S Hand) (Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson) - 03:02 .…

A&M / CTI release Quincy Jones’ ‘Walking in Space’ featuring ‘Killer Joe’ (1969)

Quincy Jones' 'Walking in Space' feat. 'Killer Joe' is a studio album recorded on June 18 & 19, 1969 and released in 1969 by A&M/Cti..1 . Killer Joe (Quincy Jones 80th Birtay, 2013) Track Listing : 1.Dead End (Galt Macdermot, James Rado, Gerome Ragni) - 04:05 . 2.Walking In Space (Galt Macdermot, James Rado, Gerome Ragni) – 12:06 . 3.Killer Joe (Benny Golson) - 05:12 . 4.Love And Peace…

Verve release ‘That’s What I Say: John Scofield Plays the Music of Ray Charles’ (2005)

‘That's What I Say: John Scofield Plays the Music of Ray Charles' is a tribute album released on June 7, 2005 by Verve Records.1 . Busted (w/ Marcus Belgrave, Berklee) 2 . I Got a Woman (w/ Ricky Skaggs, Berklee) 3 . You Don't Know Me (Berklee) Track Listing : 1.Busted (Harlan Howard) - 06:31 . 2.What'D I Say (Ray Charles) - 06:18 . 3.Sticks And Stones (Henry Glover, Titus Turner) - 03:44 . 4.I…

Gordy publish ‘Wish It Would Rain,’ an album by The Temptations (1968)

The Temptations' 'Wish It Would Rain' is an album (the final from the group's 'Classic-5' era) released on April 29, 1968 by Gordy.Track Listing : 1.I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You) (Roger Penzabene, Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield) - 03:33 . 2.Cindy (Smokey Robinson) - 03:08 . 3.I Wish It Would Rain (Roger Penzabene, Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield) - 02:48 . 4.Please Return Your…

Joe Cocker records ‘Mad Dogs & Englishmen’ at Fillmore East with Leon Russell et al (1970)

Joe Cocker's 'Mad Dogs & Englishmen' is a live album recorded on March 27–28, 1970 at Fillmore East, New York City and released in August 1970 by A&M.Track Listing : 1.Honky Tonk Women (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) - 03:47 . 2.Sticks And Stones (Titus Turner, Henry Glover) - 02:37 . 3.Cry Me A River (Arthur Hamilton) - 04:00 . 4.Bird On The Wire (Leonard Cohen) - 06:37 . 5.Feelin' Alright…

Warner Bros. release Chaka Khan’s second solo album : ‘Naughty’ produced By Arif Mardin (1980)

Chaka Khan's 'Naughty' is her second solo album produced By Arif Mardin and released on March 26, 1980 by Warner Bros.Track Listing : 1.Clouds (Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson) - 04:28 . 2.Get Ready, Get Set (Kathy Anderson, Ellison Chase, Bill Haberman, Art Jacobson) - 03:42 . 3.Move Me No Mountain (Jerry Ragovoy, Aaron Schroeder) - 04:14 . 4.Nothing'S Gonna Take You Away (Deborah Ash, Bill…

Aretha Franklin, backed by King Curtis & the Kingpins, tapes ‘Aretha Live at Fillmore West’ (1971)

Aretha Franklin's 'Aretha Live at Fillmore West' is her second live album recorded on March 5–7, 1971 and released on May 19, 1971 by Atlantic.Track Listing : 1.Respect (Otis Redding) - 03:53 . 2.Love The One You'Re With (Stephen Stills) - 04:15 . 3.Bridge Over Troubled Water (Paul Simon) - 05:55 . 4.Eleanor Rigby (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) - 02:33 . 5.Make It With You (David Gates) - 04:33 .…

‘Let Me in Your Life’ is Aretha Franklin’s twenty-second studio album, co-produced with Jerry Wexler (1974)

Aretha Franklin's 'Let Me in Your Life' is her twenty-second studio album (and one of her top-selling) released on February 25, 1974 by Atlantic. Track Listing : 1.Let Me In Your Life (Bill Withers) - 03:29 . 2.Every Natural Thing (Eddie Hinton) - 02:37 . 3.Ain'T Nothing Like The Real Thing (Nick Ashford, Valerie Simpson) - 03:49 . 4.I'M In Love (Joan Griffin, Kashif, Bobby Womack) - 02:51 .…

Motown Records publish Edwin Starr’s album : ‘War & Peace’ featuring ‘War’ (1970)

Edwin Starr's 'War & Peace' is an album featuring the hit 'War,' produced By Norman Whitfield and released on January 1, 1970 by Motown Records.Track Listing : 1.War (Barrett strong, Norman Whitfield) - 03:12 . 2.Running Back And Forth (Richard Wylie, Edwin Starr) - 02:50 . 3.Adios Senorita (Sylvia Moy, Henry Cosby) - 02:31 . 4.All Around The World (Titus Turner) - 02:56 . 5.I Can'T Escape…

Steely Dan release their seventh album : ‘Gaucho’ featuring ‘Hey Nineteen’ (1980)

Steely Dan's 'Gaucho' feat. 'Hey Nineteen' is their seventh studio album released on November 21, 1980 by Mca.Track Listing : 1.Babylon Sisters (Walter Becker, Donald Fagen) - 05:55 . 2.Hey Nineteen (Walter Becker, Donald Fagen) - 05:10 . 3.Glamour Profession (Walter Becker, Donald Fagen) - 07:29 . 4.Gaucho Walter Becker, Donald Fagen, Keith Jarrett) - 05:32 . 5.Time Out Of Mind (Walter Becker,…

Quincy Jones releases ‘Q’s Jook Joint,’ an album featuring Stevie Wonder, Bono and Ray Charles among other famous guests (1995)

Quincy Jones' 'Q's Jook Joint' is an album (his first in six years) released on November 7, 1995 by Qwest.Track Listing : 1.Jook Joint Intro (Quincy Jones) - 01:32 . 2.Let The Good Times Roll (Fleecie Moore, Sam Theard) - 02:55 . 3.Cool Joe, Mean Joe (Killer Joe) (Benny Golson, Quincy Jones, Queen Latifah) - 07:32 . 4.You Put A Move On My Heart (Rod Temperton) - 06:13 . 5.Rock With You (Rod…

Island publish Amy Winehouse’s second album : ‘Back to Black’ featuring ‘Rehab’ and ‘You Know I’m No Good’ (2006)

Amy Winehouse's 'Back to Black' is her second (and the last released in her lifetime) studio album released on October 27, 2006 by Island Records.Track Listing : 1.Rehab (Amy Winehouse) - 03:35 . 2.You Know I'M No Good (Amy Winehouse) - 04:17 . 3.Me & Mr Jones (Amy Winehouse) - 02:33 . 4.Just Friends (Amy Winehouse) - 03:13 . 5.Back To Black (Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson) - 04:01 . 6.Love Is A…

Motown publish ‘Diana & Marvin’ by Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye featuring ‘You’re a Special Part of Me’ (1973)

'Diana & Marvin' by Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye is a duets album released on October 26, 1973 by Motown.Track Listing : 1.You Are Everything (Thom Bell, Linda Creed) - 03:10 . 2.Love Twins (Mel Bolton, Marilyn Mcleod) - 03:28 . 3.Don'T Knock My Love (Wilson Pickett, Brad Shapiro) - 02:20 . 4.You'Re A Special Part Of Me (Harold Johnsonandrew Porter, Gregg Wright) - 03:35 . 5.Pledging My…

RCA publish ‘Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics,’ her thirty eigth album (2014)

'Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics' is her thirty eigth studio album featuring ten covers of songs made famous by female artists and released on October 17, 2014 by Rca.Track Listing : 1.At Last (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren) - 03:53 . 2.Rolling In The Deep (Adele Adkins, Nickolas Ashford, Paul Epworth, Valerie Simpson) - 04:00 . 3.Midnight Train To Georgia (James Weatherly) - 04:21 .…

Warner Bros. publish Chaka Khan’s debut solo album : ‘Chaka’ featuring ‘I’m Every Woman’ (1978)

Chaka Khan's 'Chaka' is her debut solo album released on October 12, 1978.Track Listing : 1.I'M Every Woman (Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson) - 04:05 . 2.Love Has Fallen On Me (Lloyd Webber, Charles Stepney) - 04:52 . 3.Roll Me Through The Rushes (David Lasley, Lana Marrano) - 04:42 . 4.Sleep On It (Andrew Kastner, Larry John Mcnally) - 04:21 . 5.Life Is A Dance (Gavin Christopher) - 04:20 .…

Paul Simon releases his fourth album : ‘Still Crazy After All These Years’ featuring ’50 Ways to Leave Your Lover’ (1975)

Paul Simon's 'Still Crazy After All These Years' is hise fourth studio album co-produced with, Phil Ramone and released on October 6, 1975 by Columbia.Track Listing : 1.Still Crazy After All These Years (Paul Simon) - 03:26 . 2.My Little Town (Paul Simon) - 03:51 . 3.I Do It For Your Love (Paul Simon) - 03:35 . 4.50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (Paul Simon) - 03:37 . 5.Night Game (Paul Simon) - 02:58…

Tamla publish ‘United’ by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell featuring ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ (1967)

'United' by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell is a studio album released on August 29, 1967.Track Listing : 1.Ain'T No Mountain High Enough (Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson) - 02:32 . 2.You Got What It Takes (Berry Gordy, Jr., Gwen Gordy, Tyran Carlo) - 02:59 . 3.If I Could Build My Whole World Around You (Harvey Fuqua, Johnny Bristol, Vernon Bullock) - 02:26 . 4.Somethin' Stupid (C. Carson…

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