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

Even though the material he cut during the first few years of a solo career that began in 1970 seemed fitting for the times - including Freddie's Dead a key cut from the groundbreaking Superfly soundtrack and (Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below We're All Going To Go - the messages resonate today. The destructive force of drugs, the specter of racism, these same issues that Mayfield addressed in song thirty years ago are sadly still relevant today. ~ Soultracks: Curtis Mayfield ~ retrieved December 26, 2013 © SoulTracks

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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June 3, 1995 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (4) Method Man featuring Mary J. Blige, I'll Be There For You ~ #2 (1) Montell Jordan, This Is How We Do It ~ #1 (2) Bryan Adams, Have You Ever Loved A Woman?

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Curtis Mayfield ~ Inducted in the 1999 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ Curtis Mayfield is among an elite few members of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame who have been inducted more than once. Mayfield was first inducted with the Impressions in 1991 and then as a solo artist in 1999. His solo career, which began in 1970, is significant for the forthright way in which he addressed issues of black identity and self-awareness. He has been cited as an influence by such latter-day performers as Lenny Kravitz, Ice Ty and Arrested Development. Mayfield’s ability to voice hard truths through funky, uplifting music has rendered him one of the great soul icons. ~ 1999 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

In 2008 tow of Curtis Mayfield's albums made it to the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die ~ Super Fly (1972) ~ There's No Place Like America Today (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

Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions ~ People Get Ready ~ Named one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll in 1995.



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