Songwriting Partnerships A-D

Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson

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Nickolas Ashford, born 4 May 1941 in Fairfield, South Carolina (died 22 August 2011) and Valerie Simpson, born 26 August 1946 in the Bronx, NY, were a husband and wife songwriting and record production team, and recording artists. They wrote numerous hit songs on the Wand/ Scepter label, and Tamla Motown, including Let’s Go Get Stoned, a #1 for Ray Charles,  Ain’t No Mountain High Enough and I’m Every Woman. As performers, they had a massive global hit with Solid in 1984. They were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.


Burt Bacharach & Hal David

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Born Burt Freeman Bacharach, 12 May 1928, in Kansas City, Missouri, Bacharach is a pianist and composer. Born Harold Lane “Hal” David, 25 May 1921 in NYC; (died 1 September 2012), David is a lyricist. Bacharach and David wrote some of the most enduring songs in American popular music and had innumerable hits, for a variety of artists, from the 1960s through the 1980s (e.g. Walk On By, Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head). Their songs Walk On By and Close To You have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.


Blondie

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Blondie is an American band formed in 1975 by singer Deborah Anne Harry (born Miami, FLA, 1 July 1945), guitarist Christopher Stein (born Brooklyn, NYC, 5 January 1950). The band was a pioneer in the early American new wave and punk scenes of the mid-late 1970s and was regarded as an underground band in the US until the release of Parallel Lines in 1978. They enjoyed considerable success over the next three years and became noted for their eclectic mix of musical styles incorporating elements of disco, pop, rap, and reggae. They broke up in 1982, but re-formed in 1997, achieving renewed success, and a #1single in the UK with "Maria" in 1999. A hugely influential band, they have been cited as an influence by Madonna, Shirley Manson, R.E.M., Gwen Stefani and Courtney Love. The group was inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.


Clean Bandit

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Clean Bandit is a British classical-crossover band whose music comfortably mixes electronic, with classical pieces by composers such as Mozart and Shostakovich. Formed in Cambridge, England in 2008, they were a quartet comprising, Grace Chatto (cello & violin), Jack Patterson (keyboards & synths), Luke Patterson (drums) and Neil Amin-Smith (violin & piano). Jack Patterson is the principal songwriter and has been awarded two Ivor Novello awards for the writing of Rather Be.They have had four #1 hits and ten top ten hits on the UK Singles Chart.

The group is now a trio since Neil Amin-Smith left in 2016. They have been accompanied on recordings and concerts by a variety of guest singers. They direct and produce their own music videos, many of which have been nominated for Brit Awards and VMAs, while two of them, Symphony and Rockabye, each has over 1 billion views on YouTube, with Rockabye having reached over 2.5 billion views.


Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook

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Born Christopher Henry Difford, 4 November 1954 in Greenwich, London; and Glenn Martin Tilbrook, 31 August 1957 in Woolwich, London, CD & GT are a songwriting partnership from south-east London that penned countless, irrepressible hits for Squeeze in the late 1970s and 80s. Squeeze broke up first in 1982, whereupon CD & GT toured as Difford and Tilbrook. Squeeze reformed 1985-99 and reunited for UK/US tours 2007-present day.


Duran Duran

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Duran Duran are an English new wave band formed in Birmingham in 1978. The group was a leading band in the MTV-driven Second British Invasion of the US in the 1980s. The group was formed by keyboardist Nick Rhodes and bassist John Taylor, with the later addition of drummer Roger Taylor, and after numerous personnel changes, guitarist Andy Taylor (the Taylors are not related) and lead singer Simon Le Bon. These five featured in the most commercially successful line-up. The group has never disbanded, but there have been personnel changes.

Duran Duran has sold over 100 million records, making them one of the world's best-selling music artists. The band have won numerous awards throughout their career: two Brit Awards including the 2004 award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, two Grammy Awards, an MTV Video Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, and a Video Visionary Award from the MTV Europe Music Awards. In 2005, they won an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. They were also awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


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