I knew MSNBC was hard up, but who knew they were that hard up? Al Sharpton?
Had Don King already turned them down?
I don't think you can scrape lower than Al Sharpton.
Nick Ashford was everything Al isn't. Nick Ashford mattered and, with Valerie, he was one of the most important songwriters of the 20th century.
Whether you knew them as performers or not, you knew their songs.
"Reach Out And Touch (Somebody's Hand)"
"Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
"I'm Every Woman"
"Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing"
"Found A Cure"
"It Seems To Hang On"
"Count Your Blessings"
"I'll Be There For You"
"It's My House"
and so much more. "Your Precious Love" is a typical Ashford & Simpson song in that most people know it but may not know they do. Until they hear, "Heaven must have sent you from above, heaven must have sent your precious love . . ."
Nick was a musical giant. He will be missed.
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