Songwriting Partnerships A-I

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.


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.


Neil Finn & Tim Finn

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The brothers started making music together from a very young age and Neil joined Tim in Split Enz at the age of 18. In 1990, a 3 week writing spree produced a number of songs that were meant to be a Finn Brothers project but ended up as 50% of Crowded House’s Woodface. The brothers’ first album was a critically acclaimed lo-fi album Finn (1995). A second album, Everyone Is Here, was released in 2004.


Kevin Godley & Lol Creme

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Born Kevin Michael Godley, 7 October 1945 in Prestwich, Lancashire, UK; and Laurence Neil Creme, 19 September 1947 in Prestwich, KG and LC are songwriters, multi-instrumentalists, record producers and music video directors. From 1972-76, they were one of two songwriting teams in the group 10cc, enjoying successive hit UK singles with Rubber Bullets (#1), The Dean and I (#10) and Life Is A Minestrone (#7) in 1972-75. They left 10cc in 1976 to focus on music video production but were briefly re-united with 10cc 1991-93.


Graham Gouldman & Eric Stewart

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GG, born 10 May 1946 in Broughton, Salford, UK; and ES, born Eric Michael Stewart, 20 January 1945, in Droylesden, near Manchester, UK, are songwriters, multi-instrumentalists and record producers who first played together in The Mindbenders in 1968. In 1970 they were re-united in a foursome with Kevin Godley and Lol Creme, producing material under various names. In 1972, 10cc was born and GG and ES became one of the two songwriting teams in that group which enjoyed phenomenal success 1972-1978. After the departure of Godley and Creme in 1976, GG and ES continued as 10cc (with 2 hiatuses) until 1999.


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