Most Wanted! Ashford & Simpson – Bourgie Bourgie (Warner Bros.)
One of the highlights from their 1977 ‘Send It’ album along with ‘Don’t Cost You Nothing’. ‘Bourgie Bourgie’ first appeared as an instrumental. Larry Levan turnin’ it into one of the biggest Paradise Garage anthems
John Davis & The Monster Orchestra covered it 2 years after. But this time with aditional lyrics which Ashford & Simpson performed themselves. Meanwhile Gladys Knight & The Pips would integrate it as well in their repertoire in 1980.
No need sayin’ as to how we highly suggest you these 3 releases which all have their moment…
Strangely enough, Ashford & Simpson‘s version of ‘Bourgie Bourgie’ never saw the light as a single Stateside. Warner-UK would nevertheless pay justice to it, although 3 years after (in 1980). And as the flipside of ‘Love Don’t Make It Right’.
Unfortunately, their initiative happened to be partly ruined. Most likely because of a serious fault which occured during the mastering process. The track suddently speeding up by approximatively 20% during 19 seconds at 3′ 43 on most of the records pressed.
So better asking the seller before if ever inclined to get a copy of it. Unless going for the whole album.
Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson stand without a single doubt among the most prolific artists of their generation. With their names being associated to an impressive list of masterpieces…
As songwriters, they delivered the classic ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ (Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Diana Ross, Inner Life featuring Jocelyn Brown). But also ‘I’m Every Woman’ for Chaka Khan. If not ‘Uh-Uh Ooh-Ooh Look Out (Here It Comes)’ for Roberta Flack. This in addition to ‘Taste Of Bitter Love’ and ‘Bourgie Bourgie’ for Gladys Knight & The Pips. And ‘No One Gets The Prize’ and ‘The Boss for Diana Ross a to name but a few.
As producers, they collaborated with Teddy Pendergrass, Gladys Knight & The Pips and Ullanda McCullough among others.
And, last but not least, as a singing duo, they released 15 studio albums between 1973 and 1999. Most of their classics bringing us back to their period with Warner. There, they delivered gems such as ‘Over And Over’ (covered by the late Sylvester) and ‘It Seems To Hang On’. But also ‘Don’t Cost You Nothing’, ‘Stay Free’ and ‘Bourgie Bourgie’. Not to mention ‘Found A Cure’. ‘Street Corner’ and ‘Solid’ marking their following period with Capitol.
Nick Ashford sadly died on Aug. 22, 2011 in a NYC hospital after havin’ battled against a throat cancer. He was 70.