Songwriting Partnerships A-F

Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson


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


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 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


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.

Andrew Farriss & Michael Hutchence


AF was born Andrew Charles Farriss, 27 March 1959 in Perth, Western Australia, AF  is an Australian musician and multi-instrumentalist best known as the keyboardist, backing vocalist and main composer for rock band INXS. Together with Hutchence they were the principal songwriters in the band.


MH was born Michael Kelland John Hutchence, 22 January 1960 in Sydney, Australia (died 22 November 1997, in Sydney). MH was an Australian musician, singer-songwriter, and actor who co-founded rock band INXS with Andrew Farriss. MH was a songwriter, lead singer and lyricist of INXS from 1977 until his death. He was named Best International Artist at the 1991 BRIT Awards, with INXS winning the related group category. He was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2001.

Neil Finn & Tim Finn


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.

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