The Evolution of Valerie Simpson

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  • Valerie Simpson
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Come Together

In 1963, the Bronx-native met future husband and songwriting partner Nick Ashford. After the duo recorded unsuccessfully as part of a gospel group, they joined forces with songwriter and former Ikette, Josie Jo Armstead, and began composing songs for recording artists at Scepter/Wand Records.

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