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Ashford & Simpson: Right On Time And Releasing Barack Obama Remix

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There is good reason why they are called "oldies but goodies."

Just ask Ashford & Simpson, who continue to stand the test of time with their infectious modern R&B standards -- nearly 45 years since their first big hit.

The dynamic duo has crafted an inventive remix of their 25-year-old hit song, 'Solid (As A Rock)'; this go round, refashioned into what could be a new anthem, titled 'Solid (As Barack).'A tribute to President Barack Obama, the catchy ode was released digitally on Jan. 20 – the same historic day he was inaugurated as the first African American President of the United States of America.

The hit-making husband and wife team (who is well into their 60s) premiered the song on 'Larry King Live' during the inauguration weekend. That's where it was revealed that the demand for the remix has been overwhelming since a recent airing of a version of the song on 'Saturday Night Live,' which was performed by the comedic cast of the series.

This new version, complete with expanded lyrics for the entire song, is a reverential tribute to Obama.



As many know; a who's who of big-named music acts including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson The Supremes, Chaka Khan, Marvin Gaye, Whitney Houston and Mary J. Blige have recorded songs by the hit-making duo.

Even last year's top Grammy Award winner Amy Winehouse gave them props; the single 'Tears Dry On Their Own' (from her 'Back to Black' album) is based on Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's 1967 Motown classic hit 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough.'

They, themselves, have had a string of hits including 'It Seems To Hang On,' 'High-Rise,' 'Street Corner,' 'Found A Cure,' 'Is it Still Good To You' and 'Send It,' among others.

And on Jan. 27, Burgundy Records/Sony will release a definitive collection of their greatest hits titled 'The Real Thing.' It's the very first-ever live in-concert audio and video recordings of performances by the duo.

Now that you see what Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson are up to, check out the amazing Now & Then stories of Motown's biggest stars below.







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