Curtis Mayfield, singer, songwriter, producer
Singer ~ Songwriter
Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions
birth name: Curtis Lee Mayfield

Curtis Mayfield

June 3, 1942, Chicago, IL ~ December 26, 1999, Roswell, GA

Mayfield's influence on a new generation of performers is widely evident. His 1960s compositions for the Impressions have enjoyed numerous cover versions from a wide range of popular singers. Mayfield's characteristic falsetto and innovative guitar work - the latter a clear inspiration to guitar colossus Jimi Hendrix - helped set a new standard for contemporary music. And critics have pointed out that his anti-drug messages, most emphatically expressed in the songs for Superfly, are echoed in the films of the young black filmmakers who gained prominence in the late 1980s. Controversial rap singer and actor Ice T, who lent vocals to Superfly 1990, said in tribute to the artist, “There's only been a couple of people I've met that to me are really heavy. Curtis is one of them.” ~ Musicianguide: Curtis Mayfield ~ retrieved August 7, 2013 © Musicianguide

Perhaps because he didn't cross over to the pop audience as heavily as Motown's stars, it may be that the scope of Curtis Mayfield's talents and contributions have yet to be fully recognized. ~ Allmusic: Curtis Mayfield ~ retrieved December 24, 2013 © Allmusic

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Curtis Mayfield ~ Ranked #34 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Guitarists in 2011.

Curtis Mayfield ~ There's No Place Like America Today (1975) ~ Ranked #20 NME Best Albums Of 1975.

Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions

Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions ~ Inducted in the 1991 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ The Impressions provided a critical link between Fifties rhythm & blues and Sixties soul. They pioneered and epitomized the sound of Chicago soul, a marriage of gospel and pop influences with a timely conscience. From the beginning, leader Curtis Mayfield was an innovative songwriter and producer whose work with the Impressions was typified by sophisticated yet celebratory grooves, elaborately detailed vocal arrangements, and lyrics that addressed and advanced the black freedom movement of the Sixties. On the strength of such indelible songs of striving and transcendence as People Get Ready, Keep On Pushing and We’re a Winner Mayfield has been credited with authoring “the soundtrack to the civil-rights movement.” ~ 1991 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

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