Tried and True Marriage Advice from Ashford and Simpson

This past Monday, the world lost a man who personifies the term “good husband” as well as anyone. Nick Ashford, best known as half of the songwriting super couple “Ashford and Simpson died of throat cancer at age 70.” He and his wife Valerie Simpson, weren’t only famous for their success writing Motown Top 10 hits and ballads, but also for having a rock solid marriage lasting 38 years. In the midst of the “divorce revolution,” Ashford and Simpson’s 1984 hit “Solid as a Rock,” described a couple (themselves) just as in love and committed as the day they said “I do.”

Many couples have a tough time just living together and couldn’t for a moment, fathom living and working together. How did Ashford and Simpson do it? To what did they attribute their success? And what advice would they give to other couples seeking some words of marital wisdom?

Ashford and Simpson once told the S.F. Gate newspaper that they credit their eight year pre-marriage working relationship with helping them harmonize after the wedding.

They also passed along the following wisdom (which we at Good Husbanding agree with whole heartedly).

“You’ve got to keep talking. You’ve got to keep laughing. And have as much sex as possible. Even if you have to schedule it.”

AMEN to that!





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About the Author: Angela is an award winning humor columnist, freelance writer and public speaker living in Middle Georgia, and the San Francisco Bay Area. She uses her keen insight and clever wit to help husbands understand the complex mechanisms that are their wives. “I like to think of as an owner’s manual for the average wife. Of course results may vary, but we’re all fairly similar whether we admit it or not.” Angela uses her background in psychology, the myriad of learning experiences offered through her ten year marriage, and input from her “in the trenches” audience members across the country as input for her articles.

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