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"Solid" is a song recorded by husband-and-wife songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson. It was featured on their album Solid (1984), and released as a single in November of that year.

"Solid"
Single by Ashford & Simpson
from the album Solid
B-side"Solid (Dub version) (US)
Cherish Forever More (South Africa)"
ReleasedNovember 9, 1984
Recorded1984
Genre
Length
  • 5:12 (album version)
  • 3:46 (single version)
  • 3:21 (radio edit)
LabelCapitol
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Nickolas Ashford
  • Valerie Simpson
Ashford & Simpson singles chronology
"I'm Not That Tough"
(1984)
"Solid"
(1984)
"Babies"
(1985)

Contents

The song was written by the duo and follows a similar template of most of their hits for other artists, except with a slight 1980s inflection to the music. In the lyrics, the narrators of the song celebrate the fact that, through all the difficulties and problems their relationship has faced, they made their love stronger by learning how to forgive and trust each other, and their love for one another remains "solid as a rock".

The video is set on a rainy afternoon in a park. Valerie Simpson exits a taxi in a park on a cloudy day, and escapes from a sudden downpour underneath a bridge. As she sings the opening of the song a cappella, Nick Ashford arrives and joins in. As the video progresses, they are joined by others, including a cyclist in yellow spandex, a gang who just want to sing, and several bongo players, also trying to escape the downpour.

  • Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson – vocals
  • Sid McGinnis – guitar
  • Francisco Centeno – bass
  • Valerie Simpson – synthesizers
  • Ed Walsh – synthesizer programming
  • Chris Parker – drums
  • Jimmy Simpson – percussion
  • Vinny Della Rocca, Michael Brecker – saxophone
  • Joe Mosello – trumpet
  • Ashford & Simpson, Ray Simpson, Ullanda McCullough, Vivian Cherry – backing vocals
  • Tim Cox - recording engineer

The video was shot in New York City in Central Park at the Willowdell Arch (40°46′12″N73°58′16.4″W /40.77000°N 73.971222°W /40.77000; -73.971222).

Weekly chart performance for "Solid"
Chart (1984/1985) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report) 21
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 4
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 5
Germany (Official German Charts) 2
Ireland (IRMA) 3
Netherlands (Single Top 100) 3
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 13
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 3
UK Singles Chart 3
US Billboard Hot 100 12
Year-end chart performance for "Solid"
Chart (1985) Peak
position
US Top Pop Singles (Billboard) 80
  • The song was featured during the closing credits of the 208th episode of Santa Barbara from 20 May 1985.
  • The song features in the UK sitcom Peep Show episode "Wedding" first shown in the UK in 2004. One of the main characters, Jez, marries Nancy in order for her to remain in the country. During the episode Jez is forced to dance his first dance alone as Nancy is called away for a job interview, that first song being "Solid".
  • The song also featured in an episode of the sitcom Arrested Development, where it is ironically played at the opening ceremony of a new house, which is almost instantaneously knocked down.
  • In 2009, Ashford & Simpson remade the song in honor of President Barack Obama, calling it "Solid (As Barack)".
  • Featured in FRED: the Movie (2010) in one of Fred's daydreams.
  1. music video in Dailymotion.com
  2. Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  3. "Ashford & Simpson – Solid" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  4. "RPM Weekly Top Singles - March 9, 1985 (Volume 41, No. 26)". Library and Archives Canada. RPM Weekly (archived). March 9, 1985. RetrievedFebruary 25, 2018.
  5. [1]
  6. "Ashford & Simpson – Solid" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  7. "Ashford & Simpson – Solid". Top 40 Singles.
  8. "Ashford & Simpson – Solid". Singles Top 100.
  9. "Ashford & Simpson – Solid". Swiss Singles Chart.
  10. "Ashford & Simpson – Solid – Official Singles Charts". UK Singles Chart. November 17, 1984. RetrievedApril 4, 2018.
  11. "Ashford & Simpson Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  12. "1985 The Year in Music & Video: Top Pop Singles". Billboard. Vol. 97 no. 52. December 28, 1985. p. T-21.
  13. "Episodes".
  14. "Episodes calendar 1985".
  15. "Wedding". December 17, 2004.
  16. Vozick-Levinson, Simon (January 16, 2009). "'Solid (As Barack)': Ashford & Simpson finally catch up on their DVR-ed 'SNL' episodes". Entertainment Weekly. RetrievedFebruary 26, 2013.



Solid (song)
Solid song Language Watch Edit For the song by Young Thug Gunna and Drake see Solid Young Stoner Life Young Thug and Gunna song This article needs additional citations for verification Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources Unsourced material may be challenged and removed Find sources Solid song news newspapers books scholar JSTOR March 2008 Learn how and when to remove this template message Solid is a song recorded by husband and wife songwriting duo Ashford amp Simpson It was featured on their album Solid 1984 and released as a single in November of that year Solid Single by Ashford amp Simpsonfrom the album SolidB side Solid Dub version US Cherish Forever More South Africa ReleasedNovember 9 1984Recorded1984GenreR amp B soul boogieLength5 12 album version 3 46 single version 3 21 radio edit LabelCapitolSongwriter s Nickolas Ashford Valerie SimpsonProducer s Nickolas Ashford Valerie SimpsonAshford amp Simpson singles chronology I m Not That Tough 1984 Solid 1984 Babies 1985 Contents 1 Background 2 Music video 3 Personnel 4 Filming location 5 Charts 6 In other media 7 References 8 External linksBackground EditThe song was written by the duo and follows a similar template of most of their hits for other artists except with a slight 1980s inflection to the music In the lyrics the narrators of the song celebrate the fact that through all the difficulties and problems their relationship has faced they made their love stronger by learning how to forgive and trust each other and their love for one another remains solid as a rock Music video EditThe video is set on a rainy afternoon in a park Valerie Simpson exits a taxi in a park on a cloudy day and escapes from a sudden downpour underneath a bridge As she sings the opening of the song a cappella Nick Ashford arrives and joins in As the video progresses they are joined by others including a cyclist in yellow spandex a gang who just want to sing and several bongo players also trying to escape the downpour 1 Personnel EditNickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson vocals Sid McGinnis guitar Francisco Centeno bass Valerie Simpson synthesizers Ed Walsh synthesizer programming Chris Parker drums Jimmy Simpson percussion Vinny Della Rocca Michael Brecker saxophone Joe Mosello trumpet Ashford amp Simpson Ray Simpson Ullanda McCullough Vivian Cherry backing vocals Tim Cox recording engineerFilming location EditThe video was shot in New York City in Central Park at the Willowdell Arch 40 46 12 N 73 58 16 4 W 40 77000 N 73 971222 W 40 77000 73 971222 Charts EditWeekly chart performance for Solid Chart 1984 1985 Peak positionAustralia Kent Music Report 2 21Austria O3 Austria Top 40 3 4Canada Top Singles RPM 4 5Germany Official German Charts 5 2Ireland IRMA 3Netherlands Single Top 100 6 3New Zealand Recorded Music NZ 7 1Sweden Sverigetopplistan 8 13Switzerland Schweizer Hitparade 9 3UK Singles Chart 10 3US Billboard Hot 100 11 12Year end chart performance for Solid Chart 1985 Peak positionUS Top Pop Singles Billboard 12 80In other media EditThe song was featured during the closing credits of the 208th episode of Santa Barbara from 20 May 1985 13 14 The song features in the UK sitcom Peep Show episode Wedding first shown in the UK in 2004 One of the main characters Jez marries Nancy in order for her to remain in the country During the episode Jez is forced to dance his first dance alone as Nancy is called away for a job interview that first song being Solid 15 The song also featured in an episode of the sitcom Arrested Development where it is ironically played at the opening ceremony of a new house which is almost instantaneously knocked down In 2009 Ashford amp Simpson remade the song in honor of President Barack Obama calling it Solid As Barack 16 Featured in FRED the Movie 2010 in one of Fred s daydreams References Edit music video in Dailymotion com Kent David 1993 Australian Chart Book 1970 1992 St Ives NSW Australian Chart Book ISBN 0 646 11917 6 Ashford amp Simpson Solid in German O3 Austria Top 40 RPM Weekly Top Singles March 9 1985 Volume 41 No 26 Library and Archives Canada RPM Weekly archived March 9 1985 Retrieved February 25 2018 1 Ashford amp Simpson Solid in Dutch Single Top 100 Ashford amp Simpson Solid Top 40 Singles Ashford amp Simpson Solid Singles Top 100 Ashford amp Simpson Solid Swiss Singles Chart Ashford amp Simpson Solid Official Singles Charts UK Singles Chart November 17 1984 Retrieved April 4 2018 Ashford amp Simpson Chart History Hot 100 Billboard 1985 The Year in Music amp Video Top Pop Singles Billboard Vol 97 no 52 December 28 1985 p T 21 Episodes Episodes calendar 1985 Wedding December 17 2004 Vozick Levinson Simon January 16 2009 Solid As Barack Ashford amp Simpson finally catch up on their DVR ed SNL episodes Entertainment Weekly Retrieved February 26 2013 External links EditLyrics of this song at MetroLyrics This 1980s pop song related article is a stub You can help Wikipedia by expanding it vte This 1980s 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