you're all i need to get by

anonymous asked:

I second the other anon about your coolness. I'm trans masculine and honestly you're one of the few trans women on tumblr I've not been outright scared of, which I realise is kind of fucked up. But I really would like all trans folks along and outside the binary to be supporting eachother, and I get that vibe from you where it seems absent a lot on tumblr. So thank you.

Thank you, anon.

Valerie Simpson, singer, composer and producer, was born on this day, August 26, 1946 in the Bronx, New York. Simpson, on the right, rose to fame alongside her husband Nicholas Ashford, left, who she met in New York city in 1963. They wrote for artists such as Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles with hits “Cry Like a Baby” and “Let’s Go Get Stoned.” They later joined Motown Records and wrote “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “You’re All I Need to Get By” and among many other big hits. Ashford & Simpson, as they were known collectively, continued to have hits with Teddy Pendergrass, Chaka Khan, Rufus, Smokey Robinson and others. Together they also had their own albums, four of which were certified gold. Simpson, herself, had three solo albums in the 70s. They were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2011, Ashford died of complications due to throat cancer. Simpson has since released a solo album, “Dinosaurs Are Coming Back Again.”

Image: NYPL Digital Collections


Happy Birthday to Method Man <3

One of my favorite songs from him and Mary J… You’re All I Need To Get By <3


On this day in music history: August 31, 1968 - “You’re All I Need To Get By” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 5 weeks, also peaking at #7 on the Hot 100 on September 14, 1968. Written and produced by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson, it’s the second R&B chart topper for the duo of Gaye & Terrell. Sadly it will be the last major hit to feature Tammi Terrell on lead vocals. Gaye and Terrell will actually record their vocals separately. Terrell is recovering from surgery for a malignant brain tumor at the time, one of several she will have between 1967 and 1970 before she passes away in March of that year. The song will be covered a number of different artists over the years, including versions by Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, and Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams. It will be revived again in 1995 when rapper Method Man and singer Mary J. Blige cover “You’re All I Need To Get By” (#1 R&B, #3 Pop), winning a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 1996.