The duo's breakthrough masterpiece
Dan Cocker 2009
Ashford & Simpson's career as artists began in 1964, when they recorded I'll Find You as 'Valerie & Nick'. Simpson subsequently recorded two solo LPs for Motown: Valerie Simpson Exposed in 1971, and, the following year, the album Valerie Simpson, which included the single Silly Wasn't I, which was sampled on 50 Cent's Best Friend, from the movie Get Rich or Die Tryin'.
Ashford & Simpson left Motown in 1973. Around this time, they got married, and resumed their career as a duo with the Warner Brothers album Gimme Something Real. Ashford also appeared in the movie New Jack City (1991), as Reverend Oates, an ordained minister who was part of Nino Brown's entourage.
The duo continues to write and score today. They are given credit for their writing talents on the Amy Winehouse 2007 CD Back To Black for the single Tears Dry On Their Own.