Ashford & Simpson

Solid

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Ashford & Simpson had a solid resumé. After co-writing Ray Charles' number one R&B/number 31 pop hit "Let's Get Stoned," the couple began a hit-filled stint at Motown as staff songwriters/producers working with Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell and Diana Ross, among others. Though they recorded three albums among them (the critically acclaimed Valerie Simpson and the unissued Nick and Val), the duo felt in order to lose the songwriter/producer tag and become recording artists, they'd have to leave Motown. Signing with Warner Bros. in 1973, the couple had 22 R&B hit singles, three gold LPs -- Send It, Is It Still Good to Ya, and Stay Free -- and hits with labelmate Chaka Khan: "I'm Every Woman" (later covered by Whitney Houston) and "Clouds." In the 1980s, Ashford & Simpson signed with Capital Records. Their biggest hit came after Nick Ashford picked up on a slang term while walking the streets of New York. Returning home, he made the suggestion that he and his wife write a song based around "solid."

The recording sessions were held in New York at 39th St. Music and at Blank Tapes. On hand was Valerie Simpson on synths, drummer Chris Parker, bassist Francisco Centeno, percussionist Jimmy Simpson, guitarist Sid McGinnis, and horn players Joe Mosello and Vinnie Della-Rocca. The background vocals were handled by Valerie's brother Ray Simpson and Ullanda McCullough. The finished track was the mixed by Francois Kevorkian and Ron St. Germain with Kevorkian splicing on an a cappella intro taken from the middle verse. Many perceived that "Solid" was about Ashford & Simpson's enduring marriage, which may have helped to sell the song. "Solid" stayed at number one R&B for two weeks and made it to number 12 pop in late 1984. The Solid album parked at number one R&B for four weeks and peaked at number 29 pop and included the singles "Outta the World" and "Babies."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Solid 1984 Cherry Pop 5:10
No Image 1985
Various Artists
Soul Classics, Vol. 3 1992
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / EMI Music Distribution 3:45
Capitol Gold: The Best of Ashford & Simpson 1993 EMI-Capitol Entertainment Prop. / Capitol 5:08
Soul Emotion [Alex] 1994
Various Artists
3:23
Soul Train: Hall of Fame, 20th Anniversary 1994
Various Artists
Rhino 3:45
World of Dance: The 80's 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 5:06
Billboard Hot R&B Hits 1984 1996
Various Artists
Rhino 0:00
Rock On 1984 1996
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 5:09
The 80's: Funky Love 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 5:07
Gospel According to Ashford & Simpson 1996 Capitol 5:06
Glory of Love: '80s Sweet & Soulful Love Songs 1997
Various Artists
Hip-O
Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus 1997
Various Artists
EMI Angel / Angel Records 5:06
Rock On: 1980-1984 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 5:09
1985: 20 Original Chart Hits 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:21
Chart Toppers: R&B Hits of the 80s 1998
Various Artists
Priority Records
World of Dance [Columbia River] 1998
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group
Now: 1985 [2 CD] 1999
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI 3:21
The Best of Ashford & Simpson 1999 EMI-Capitol Special Markets 5:08
Millennium Box Set 1999
Various Artists
Disky 5:08
Let It Rock 1984 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source / Direct Source Label 5:09
Tender Love [EMI] 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:21
Smooth Grooves: The Essential Collection 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 3:46
Maximum 80's [Disky Boxset] 2000
Various Artists
Disky 6:14
Maximum 80's, Vol. 4 2000
Various Artists
Disky 6:14
Back to Black: 1900-1999 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 3:21
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 5:09
No Image 2001
Various Artists
MCA
The Very Best of Ashford & Simpson 2002 Rhino 5:07
Body and Soul: Ladies Got Soul 2002
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:46
Old School Soul Party 2005
Various Artists
Shout! Factory / TJL 5:07
Peabo Bryson Presents Classic Soul Ballads 2005
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 0:00
The One and Only: A Collection of One Hit Wonders 2005
Various Artists
Disky 5:09
Blues & Soul, Vol. 9: 1984-1985 2005
Various Artists
Connoisseur
101 80's Hits [EMI] 2007
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI 3:20
The Best of Ashford and Simpson 2007 Parlophone 5:06
Top of the Pops 1985 [EMI] 2008
Various Artists
EMI 3:21
Pure Party 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 3:46
Pure Woman [Emd] [3 Discs] 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 3:21
Legendary Disco 2008
Various Artists
Disky 3:21
Legendary Party 2008
Various Artists
Disky 3:21
100 Essential Tracks: 80s 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:21
Top of the Pops: One Hit Wonders 2009
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Gold 3:21
100 Hits RTL: Disco Show 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:06
100 Hits: Funk & Soul
Various Artists
Demon Music Group 3:22
Don't Worry... Be Eighties!!!
Various Artists
EMI / Mixed Repertoire 5:07
Essential Eighties [Mixed Repertoire]
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire / Parlophone / Warner Music 5:10
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 5:06
Great R&B
Various Artists
Capitol / Mixed Repertoire 3:46
Latest & Greatest: Duets
Various Artists
USM Media 5:07
No Image
Various Artists
Capitol 3:45
Ultime 80
Various Artists
EMI 5:08