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January 14, 1986 | Robert Hilburn, Terry Atkinson
"The Greatest Songs Written by Ashford and Simpson." Motown. As part of its aggressive CD repackaging program, Motown offers a "composers series" that brings together hits by some of the label's writers, regardless of who sang the songs. This collection features 19 songs by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, who now record their own tunes. Here, however, is Diana Ross singing "Remember Me," Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell dueting on "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" and so forth.
February 17, 1985
Richard F. Panos was installed as president of the Pasadena & Foothill chapter of the American Institute of Architects at the group's annual dinner at the Valley Hunt Club in Pasadena. Installed with him were Richard M. Hennessy, vice president; John K. Grist, secretary, and Ray Zieglar, treasurer. New directors are Del Beckhart, Douglas Mooradian, James F. Cooke, Peter G. Kudrave and the immediate past president, Carl D. Gaede, along with Michael Stone, associate director.
August 24, 1986 | CONNIE JOHNSON
"REAL LOVE." Ashford and Simpson. Capitol. This durable songwriting duo still receives the most recognition for the classic hits they wrote more than 20 years ago for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell--"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing," among others.
December 8, 1986 | CONNIE JOHNSON
Gwen Guthrie surrounded herself with six good-looking, nattily-attired male musicians and two scantily-clad male dancers Friday night at the Universal Amphitheatre. But the stout chanteuse didn't really need all that beefcake to add to the bravado of tunes like her recent disco-flavored, man-baiting hit "Ain't Nothing Goin' on but the Rent." Just the sound of her growling, "Getcha polyester outta my closet!" was a big-enough attention-getting device.
November 12, 1996 | LIZ SMITH
"Only the pink ticket can get you in. You have burgundy? Go that way." So said the not-to-be-bargained-with guys protecting Barbra Streisand at Sunday's post-premiere party for "The Mirror Has Two Faces" at Tavern on the Green. Unfortunately burgundy and "that way" meant away from the divine Miss Streisand; from her co-stars, Jeff Bridges and Mimi Rogers; and her consort, James Brolin. So begins the report to me from my trusty legman, Denis Ferrara. He goes on: "So I never got in to see Barbra.
February 2, 1991
Ellis B. Haizlip, 61, a stage and television producer and mentor of black performing artists. Haizlip was an executive producer at public television station WNET in New York from 1967 to 1981. Starting in 1986, he was director of special programs at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York. He helped further the careers of such black artists as singers Roberta Flack, Nicholas Ashford and Valerie Simpson and actress Anna Horsford.
April 17, 2004 | William Wan and Sara Lin, Times Staff Writers
The discovery of four World War II-era grenades in an apartment north of Hollywood's Kodak Theatre prompted authorities to evacuate scores of residents Friday before bomb-disposal crews blew up the devices in a back alley. Officers said they found the grenades after deputies attempted to serve an eviction notice on a resident in the 1700 block of Orchid Avenue.
May 26, 1989 | DENNIS HUNT
Maybe it's due to the mind-numbing overexposure of today's high-tech, high-speed R&B style, but the Ashford & Simpson show at the Universal Amphitheatre on Wednesday seemed awfully corny and dull. These days R&B fans get a steady diet of racy rapping, frantic, pulsing rhythms and the hyperkinetic gyrations of youngsters like Bobby Brown. In that context, Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson seem like relics, throwbacks to the bygone era--sort of the Ma and Pa Kettle of R&B. The husband-and-wife team has made its reputation primarily through composing and producing.
February 25, 1997 | CHEO HODARI COKER
When the writer of the acclaimed poem "Phenomenal Woman" met the woman who wrote the Chaka Khan and Whitney Houston hit "I'm Every Woman" on the Pantages Theatre stage on Sunday, Nick Ashford knew well enough to step to the side before getting caught in the cross-fire. As Maya Angelou and Valerie Simpson, of the veteran R&B team Ashford & Simpson, combined those two works in praise of women, there was a sense of sisterhood, a joining of spirits and energy.
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