Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Songwriting Legend Valerie Simpson Debuts New Song with Letterman Band’s Felicia Collins


If you don’t know this already, Ashford and Simpson’s Sugar Bar on West 72nd St. is the place to hear great live music.

Last night, superstar guitarist Felicia Collins of Paul Shaffer’s Letterman band fame played a blistering set of blues numbers, some she wrote, and one new one– a collaboration with Valerie Simpson. You know Val and late husband Nik Ashford wrote all the great Motown hits like “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” as well as “Solid (as a Rock)” and so many more!

Turns out Felicia cannot only play the guitar but she can saing, as Rufus Thomas would say. She and Val debuted “Code Blue,” the first real song Simpson has attempted since her collaborator and life partner/husband Nik passed away two years ago.

It’s a hit, don’t cha know. (Keep refreshing as I try to embed a clip)

Felicia has a mini album out you can get on her website.
Here’s a taste that I found on You Tube:

Felicia and her band come back to the Sugar Bar in December. In the meantime, I hope she tours. And I thank them all, including the great Tee Austin, for letting me hear some real music. It wiped clean that mess from Sunday night on MTV. Those kids should trying listening…’cause ain’t nothing like the real thing.

Oh and thanks Felicia’s mom. She missed “Code Blue” the first time they did it, so they had to do it again!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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