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Curtis Mayfield

Mayfield in his early 1970s prime, on a Greatest Hits compilation
Background information
Born June 3, 1942
Flag of the United States Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died December 26, 1999
Roswell, Georgia
Genre(s) Funk, R&B, Soul
Instrument(s) Vocals, guitar, electric guitar
Years active 1958–1999
Label(s) Curtom
Warner Bros.
Rhino Records
Associated
acts
The Impressions

Curtis Mayfield (June 3, 1942December 26, 1999) was an American soul, funk and R&B singer, songwriter and guitarist best known for his anthemic music with The Impressions and composing the soundtrack to the blaxploitation film Superfly. From these works and others, he was highly regarded as a pioneer of funk and of politically conscious African-American music.[1][2] He was also a bassist, pianist, saxophonist and drummer. Image File history File links METRCD008. ... is the 154th day of the year (155th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link will display the full 1942 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... is the 360th day of the year (361st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... Location in Fulton County in the state of Georgia Coordinates: , Country United States State Georgia County Fulton County, Georgia Incorporated February 16, 1854 Government  - Mayor Jere Wood (R) Area  - City 38. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Funk is an African American musical style. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... Left: Rosa Hurricane, a heavy metal-style solid body guitar. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Curtom Records was the record label started by Curtis Mayfield after he left The Impressions in 1968. ... Warner Bros. ... Rhino Entertainment is a specialty record label originally known for releasing retrospectives of famous comedy performers, including Stan Freberg, Tom Lehrer, and Spike Jones. ... is the 154th day of the year (155th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link will display the full 1942 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 360th day of the year (361st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Funk is an African American musical style. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... A singer is a musician who uses their voice to produce music. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... the very definition of a guitarist is cody allen and taylor hines because of there un ending guitar skills and awsomnes. ... For the Australian rock group, see The Impressions (Australian band). ... Superfly is a 1972 film soundtrack by Curtis Mayfield for the blaxploitation film Superfly. ... Shaft (1971) Blaxploitation is a film genre that emerged in the United States in the early 1970s when many exploitation films were made that targeted the urban African American audience; the word itself is a portmanteau of the words “black” and “exploitation. ... Post of film Superfly is a 1972 (see 1972 in film) blaxploitation film known primarily for its soundtrack by soul singer Curtis Mayfield (see Superfly (soundtrack)). In fact, Superfly is the only movie ever to have been outgrossed by its soundtrack. ... A bassist is a musician who plays a double bass or electric bass (also referred to as bass guitar). ... A pianist is a person who plays the piano. ... A saxophonist is a musician who plays the saxophone. ... A drummer in Action A drummer is a person who plays the drums, particularly the drum kit, marching percussion, or hand drums. ...

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Biography

Early years and the Impressions

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Mayfield attended Wells High School. He dropped out of high school early to become lead singer and songwriter for The Impressions, then went on to a successful solo career. Perhaps most notably, Mayfield was among the first of a new wave of mainstream African-American R&B performing artists and composers who injected social commentary into their work.[1] This "message music" became extremely popular during the period of political ferment and social upheaval of the 1960s and 1970s. Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... For the Australian rock group, see The Impressions (Australian band). ... Languages Predominantly American English Religions Protestantism (chiefly Baptist and Methodist); Roman Catholicism; Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ... Rhythm and blues (also known as R&B or RnB) is a popular music genre combining jazz, gospel, and blues influences, first performed by African American artists. ... Composers are people who write music. ... Social commentary is the act of expressing an opinion on the nature of society. ...


Mayfield had several distinctions to his style of playing and singing, adding to the uniqueness of his music. When he taught himself how to play guitar, he tuned the guitar to the black keys of the piano, giving him an open F-sharp tuning — F#, A#, C#, F#, A#, F# — that he used throughout his career. [citation needed] Also, he sang most of his lines in falsetto (not unique in itself, but other singers in his time mostly sang tenor), adding another flavor to his music. For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... Falsetto (IPA: Italian , General American , RP ) is a singing technique that produces sounds that are pitched higher than the singers normal range. ... A tenor is a singer with a voice range from approximately C3 (one octave below middle C) to A4 (above middle C) in choral music, or to tenor C (C5, one octave above middle C) or higher in operatic music (see voice type). ...


Mayfield's career began in 1956 when he joined The Roosters with Arthur and Richard Brooks and Jerry Butler. Two years later The Roosters, now including also Sam Gooden, became The Impressions.[3] The band had hits with "For Your Precious Love" and "Gypsy Woman." After Butler left the group and was replaced with Fred Cash, Mayfield became lead singer, frequently composing for the band, as well. "Amen," an updated version of an old gospel tune, was included in the soundtrack of the 1963 MGM film Lilies of the Field, which starred Sidney Poitier. The Impressions reached the height of their popularity in the mid to late 1960s, with a string of Mayfield compositions that included "Keep On Pushin'," "People Get Ready," "Choice of Colors," "Fool For You," "This is My Country" and "Check Out Your Mind." Mayfield had written much of the soundtrack of the civil rights movement alongside Bob Dylan and others in the early 1960s, but by the end of the decade he was a pioneering voice in the black pride movement, in the company of James Brown and Sly Stone. Mayfield's "We're a Winner" became an anthem of the black power and black pride movements when it was released in late 1967,[4] much as his earlier "Keep on Pushing" (whose title is quoted in the lyrics of "We're a Winner") had been an anthem for Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement.[5] Jerry Butler Jerry Butler, Jr. ... Sam Gooden (born September 2, 1939 in Chattanooga, Tennessee) is an African-American soul singer. ... For the Australian rock group, see The Impressions (Australian band). ... Fred Cash (born October 8, 1940) is an African-American soul singer. ... Gospel music is a musical genre characterized by dominant vocals (often with strong use of harmony) referencing lyrics of a religious nature, particularly Christian. ... In film formats, the soundtrack is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... // Events January 28 - Filming begins on Dr. Strangelove. ... “MGM” redirects here. ... Lilies of the Field is a 1962 book by William E. Barrett, which was made into a 1963 film. ... Sir Sidney Poitier KBE, (IPA pronunciation: ) (born February 20, 1927), is an Academy Award-winning Bahamian American actor, film director, and activist. ... People Get Ready was a 1965 single by The Impressions, and the title track from the album of the same name. ... Historically, the civil rights movement was a period of time around the world of approximately one generation (1954–1980) wherein there was much worldwide civil unrest and popular rebellion. ... Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman, May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, author, musician, and poet who has been a major figure in popular music for five decades. ... Black pride is a slogan used interchangeably to depict both the movement of and concept within politically active black communities, especially African Americans in the United States and secluding White communities. ... James Joseph Brown, Jr. ... Sly Stone (born Sylvester Stewart, 15 March 1943, in Denton, Texas) is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer, most famous for his role as frontman for Sly & the Family Stone, a band which played a critical role in the development of soul, funk and psychedelia in the 1960s and... Were a Winner is a 1967 single recorded by The Impressions for the ABC-Paramount label. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... “MLK” redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Solo career

In 1970, Mayfield left The Impressions and began a solo career, founding the independent record label Curtom Records. Curtom would go on to release most of Mayfield's landmark 1970s records, as well as records by the Impressions, Leroy Hutson, The Staple Singers, and Mavis Staples, and Baby Huey and the Babysitters, a group which at the time included Chaka Khan. Many of these records were also produced by Mayfield. This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Curtom Records was the record label started by Curtis Mayfield after he left The Impressions in 1968. ... The Staple Singers were a United States gospel, soul, and R&B singing group. ... Mavis Staples (born July 10, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American rhythm and blues singer. ... Baby Huey (born James Ramey, January 1, 1944 - October 28, 1970) was an American rock and soul singer, born in Richmond, Indiana. ... Chaka Khan (born March 23, 1953) is an American singer known for her 1984 cover of Princes I Feel For You, for her smash hit Im Every Woman and as a member of the funk band Rufus, with whom she recorded the legendary soul record Aint Nobody...

Curtis performing in the film Superfly
Curtis performing in the film Superfly

The commercial and critical peak of his solo career came with his 1972 album Superfly, the soundtrack to the blaxploitation film of the same name, and one of the most influential albums in history. Unlike the soundtracks to other blaxploitation films (most notably Isaac Hayes' score for Shaft), which glorified the excesses of the characters, Mayfield's lyrics consisted of hard-hitting commentary on the state of affairs in black, urban ghettos at the time, as well as direct criticisms of several characters in the film. Bob Donat wrote in Rolling Stone Magazine in 1972 that while the film's message "was diluted by schizoid cross-purposes" because it "glamorizes machismo-cocaine consciousness... the anti-drug message on [Mayfield's soundtrack] is far stronger and more definite than in the film." Along with Marvin Gaye's What's Going On and Stevie Wonder's Innervisions, this album ushered in a new socially conscious, funky style of popular soul music.He was dubbed 'The Gentle Genius' to reflect his outstanding and innovative musical output with the constant presence of his soft yet insistent vocals. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Post of film Superfly is a 1972 (see 1972 in film) blaxploitation film known primarily for its soundtrack by soul singer Curtis Mayfield (see Superfly (soundtrack)). In fact, Superfly is the only movie ever to have been outgrossed by its soundtrack. ... Superfly is a 1972 film soundtrack by Curtis Mayfield for the blaxploitation film Superfly. ... Shaft (1971) Blaxploitation is a film genre that emerged in the United States in the early 1970s when many exploitation films were made that targeted the urban African American audience; the word itself is a portmanteau of the words “black” and “exploitation. ... Post of film Superfly is a 1972 (see 1972 in film) blaxploitation film known primarily for its soundtrack by soul singer Curtis Mayfield (see Superfly (soundtrack)). In fact, Superfly is the only movie ever to have been outgrossed by its soundtrack. ... An album or record album is a collection of related audio or music tracks distributed to the public. ... For the American arctic explorer, see Isaac Israel Hayes Isaac Lee Hayes (born August 20, 1942, in Covington, Tennessee) is an American soul and funk singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger, and actor. ... A shaft can be Look up shaft in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Lyrics are the words in songs. ... Crowded Shibuya, Tokyo shopping district An urban area is an area with an increased density of human-created structures in comparison to the areas surrounding it. ... A ghetto is an area where people from a specific racial or ethnic background live as a group in seclusion, voluntarily or involuntarily. ... This article is about the magazine. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ... Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. ... Whats Going On is an album by American soul singer Marvin Gaye. ... Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris),[1] is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. ... Innervisions is an album by Stevie Wonder, released in 1973 (see 1973 in music). ... A necessary part of society, social consciousness brings moral implications into all aspects of science. ... Funk is a distinct style of music originated by African-Americans, e. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Superfly's success resulted in Mayfield being tapped for additional soundtracks, some of which he wrote and produced while having others perform the vocals. Gladys Knight & the Pips recorded Mayfield's soundtrack for Claudine in 1974, while Aretha Franklin recorded the soundtrack for Sparkle in 1976. Mayfield worked with Mavis Staples on the 1977 soundtrack for the film A Piece of the Action. He was in danger of overeaching himself being writer,producer,performer,arranger and businessman but seemed to cope and still produce a remarkable output. The Pips redirects here. ... Claudine is a 1974 film which tells the story of a Harlem mother, living on welfare with six children, who finds love with a garbage collector. ... Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American soul, R&B, and gospel singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... Sparkle is a 1976 blaxploitation film directed by Sam OSteen and released by Warner Bros. ... Mavis Staples (born July 10, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American rhythm and blues singer. ... A Piece of the Action (1977). ...


One of Mayfield's most successful funk-disco meldings was the 1977 hit "Do Do Wap is Strong in Here" from his soundtrack to the Robert M. Young film of Miguel Piñero's play Short Eyes. Short Eyes is a Curtis Mayfield soundtrack to Robert M. Youngs 1977 film, based upon the play of the same name by Miguel Piñero. ... Robert M. Young (born November 22, 1924 in New York) is an American multi-award winning screenwriter, director, cinematographer and producer. ... Miguel Piñero (December 19, 1946–June 18, 1988), born in Gurabo, Puerto Rico, was a playwright, actor, and co-founder of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. ... For the Curtis Mayfield soundtrack album from the 1977 film of the play see Short Eyes (album) Short Eyes is a theatre drama written in 1972 by playwright Miguel Piñero. ...


Later years

Mayfield was active throughout the 1970s and 1980s, though he had a somewhat lower public profile. On August 13, 1990, Mayfield was paralyzed from the neck down after stage lighting equipment fell on him at an outdoor concert at Wingate Field in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York. This tragedy set him back, but Mayfield forged ahead. He was unable to play guitar, but he wrote, sang and directed the recording of his last album, New World Order. It was during this time when Curtis invited the legendary guitarist, Edmund Darris to his home in Atlanta. Darris played guitar for him and created tracks for his "New World Order" Album. Mayfield offered Darris a deal on his son's label but the deal didn't materialize. Mayfield's vocals were painstakingly recorded, usually line-by-line whilst lying on his back. is the 225th day of the year (226th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Paralysis is the complete loss of muscle function for one or more muscle groups. ... Flatbush is a neighborhood of the Borough of Brooklyn, a part of New York City. ... For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ...


Mayfield received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995. The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded by the Recording Academy to performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording [1]. This award is distinct from the Grammy Hall of Fame Award, which honors specific recordings rather than individuals, and...


In February, 1998, he had to have his right leg amputated due to diabetes. Mayfield was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on March 15, 1999. Unfortunately, health reasons prevented him from attending the ceremony, which included fellow inductees Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Dusty Springfield, George Martin, and 1970s Curtom signee and labelmate The Staples Singers. Mayfield died on December 26, 1999 in Roswell, Georgia surrounded by his family. His last work came to be the song "Astounded", with the group Bran Van 3000, recorded just before his death and released in 2000. As a member of The Impressions, Mayfield was posthumously inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003. Amputation is the removal of a body extremity by trauma or surgery. ... This article is about the disease that features high blood sugar. ... is the 360th day of the year (361st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... Location in Fulton County in the state of Georgia Coordinates: , Country United States State Georgia County Fulton County, Georgia Incorporated February 16, 1854 Government  - Mayor Jere Wood (R) Area  - City 38. ... Official logo on Discosis Bran Van 3000 (also known as Bran Van and BV3) is a Canadian collective (or musical band) from Montreal, Quebec with a techno-infused sound. ... The Vocal Group Hall of Fame was organized to honor what they term the Greatest Vocal Groups in the World. The Hall of Fame is headquartered in Sharon, Pennsylvania, United States. ...


Legacy

Mayfield is remembered for his introduction of social consciousness into R&B and for pioneering the funk style in the 1970s. Many of his recordings with the Impressions became anthems of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, and his most famous album, Superfly, is regarded as an all-time great that influenced many and truly invented a new style of modern black music (#69 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums). His distinctive, hard guitar riffs influenced the development of funk; he is also regarded as influencing other landmark albums, like Herbie Hancock's Head Hunters. One magazine notes, "eulogies...have treated him...as a sort of secular saint--rather like an American Bob Marley". (citation needed) That noted, he is not as well-known as contemporaries like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, or James Brown, perhaps because of their more consistent streams of hits or more mainstream style of music. Nevertheless, he is still highly regarded for his numerous innovations in the 1960s and 1970s and for his unique style of music, perhaps best described as "black psychedelia...remarkable for the scope of its social awareness". [citation needed] In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Mayfield #99 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time[6]. Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Funk is an African American musical style. ... Historically, the civil rights movement was a period of time around the world of approximately one generation (1954–1980) wherein there was much worldwide civil unrest and popular rebellion. ... Promotional Book Cover The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time was the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine published in November 2003. ... Herbert Jeffrey Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an Academy Award and multiple Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and composer from Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Hancock is one of jazz musics most important and influential pianists and composers. ... Headhunter can refer to: Headhunter: a person who takes someones life in order to take their head. ... Robert Bob Nesta Marley OM (February 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981) was a Jamaican singer, songwriter, guitarist, and political activist. ... Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. ... Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris),[1] is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. ... James Joseph Brown, Jr. ... Psychedelia is a term describing a category of music, visual art, fashion, and culture that is associated originally with the high 1960s, hippies, and the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, California. ... This article is about the music magazine. ...


Tributes, covers and sampled works

Hip hop producer Just Blaze has used a slowed down sample of Mayfield's "Move On Up" for Kanye West's single "Touch The Sky". Eminem sampled Mayfield's song "Pusherman" for his debut LP on the song "I'm Shady". Late rapper 2Pac sampled him consistently as well [citation needed]. Hip hop is a cultural movement that began amongst urban African American youth in New York and has since spread around the world. ... Justin Smith (born in Paterson, New Jersey on January 14, 1978), better known as Just Blaze, is an American hip hop music producer. ... Kanye Omari West (pronounced /kɑn. ... Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), better known as Eminem or Slim Shady, is a Grammy and Academy Award-winning American rapper, record producer and actor from the Detroit, Michigan area. ... Years after his death, Tupac Shakur is still considered one of the most influential hip hop artists of all time. ...


In 1988, Fishbone acknowledged Mayfield's influence on their own vision, "a melting pot of ska, punk, and funk [with] hard rock (...) added to the mix", by choosing to cover Mayfield's early 70's hit "Freddie's Dead" to open their well-regarded Truth and Soul LP, which "also featured (...) several musically varied tracks that deal with the same topic: racism, past and present (...)" This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Freddys Dead redirects here. ... Truth and Soul is an album by Fishbone, released on September 13, 1988. ...


Paul Weller, singer of The Style Council, routinely cited Mayfield's works as influence and inspiration. Paul Weller (born John William Weller 25 May 1958, Sheerwater, near Woking, Surrey) is an English singer-songwriter. ... This article contains a trivia section. ...


Every phase of Jamaican music, starting with rocksteady, was profoundly influenced by Curtis Mayfield's body of work. The Techniques, The Uniques, Bob Marley and the Wailers, and many other early vocal groups in Jamaica were deeply influenced by the songwriting, vocal harmonies, and black consciousness that appear as hallmarks on Impressions recordings from the early to mid 1960s. Many of the Wailers early ska recordings are Impressions covers. One of Marley's most well known songs, 'One Love' (Studio 1 - 1965), is in fact a take on 'People Get Ready'.


On Ice-T's song I'm Your Pusher, "Pusherman" is sampled. Tracy Marrow (born February 16, 1958)[1], better known by stage name Ice-T, is an American rapper, rock musician, author, former United States Army soldier, and actor. ...


Discography

Albums:

Compilations: Track listing (Dont Worry)If Theres a Hell Below, Were All Going to Go (Mayfield) - 7:49 The Other Side of Town (Mayfield) - 4:01 The Makings of You (Mayfield) - 3:43 We the People Who are Darker than Blue (Mayfield) - 6:05 Move on Up (Mayfield... This is Curtis Mayfield’s first live album, and a fiery declaration of independence from The Impressions. ... Curtis Mayfield’s second studio album, containing the seminal “Beautiful Brother of Mine. ... Superfly is a 1972 film soundtrack by Curtis Mayfield for the blaxploitation film Superfly. ... The World was what US GIs in Vietnam called America, and acclimating back into the world could be a harrowing experience. ... Curtis in Chicago is a 1973 live album by Curtis Mayfield and others. ... Got to Find a Way is a 1974 album by Curtis Mayfield. ... Claudine is the soundtrack to the 1974 feature film Claudine. ... Gladys Knight (born May 28, 1944) is a legendary American pop and soul singer. ... Electronic music. ... The Curtis Mayfield-penned, Staples Singers-performed soundtrack to the highly successful 1975 comedy film starring Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby. ... The Staple Singers were a United States gospel, soul, and R&B singing group. ... Theres No Place Like America Today is a 1975 album by Curtis Mayfield. ... Sparkle is an Aretha Franklin album. ... Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American soul, R&B, and gospel singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... Curtis Mayfields 1976 album, which contained Mr. ... A Curtis Mayfield-penned, Mavis Staples-performed soundtrack to the 1977 film of the same name, starring Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby. ... Mavis Staples (born July 10, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American rhythm and blues singer. ... Short Eyes is a Curtis Mayfield soundtrack to Robert M. Youngs 1977 film, based upon the play of the same name by Miguel Piñero. ... Curtis Mayfield album featuring the elegant title track, “Never Say You Can’t Survive. ... Do It All Night is an album by Curtis Mayfield. ... Curtis Mayfield’s 1979 offering, which mixed disco rhythms with soul balladeering. ... For the song Something to Believe In by Poison, see Flesh and Blood Curtis Mayfield’s 1980 album contained the ambitious title track, but re-makes of Impressions classics such as Its All Right and their version of Never Let Me Go suggested a creative slowing down. ... For the Porter Wagoner/Dolly Parton album The Right Combination, see The Right Combination Curtis Mayfield’s 1980 collaboration with disco singer Linda Clifford. ... Linda Clifford (b. ... Love is the Place is an album by Curtis Mayfield, one of his most disappointing recordings. ... An underrated record, and huge improvement on Mayfields previous outing, particularly the socio-poltical comment of Dirty Laundry, and the sizzling, funky, Summer Hot. “Hey Baby (Give It All to Me)” “Still Within Your Heart” “Dirty Laundry” “Nobody But You” “If You Need Me” “What You Gawn Do?” “Summer... “We Come in Peace” “Baby Its You” “Body Guard” “Breakin in the Streets” “Everybody Needs a Friend” “This Love is True” “We Got to Have Peace” Category: ... Introduction “Ice 9” “Back to the World” “Its Alright”/”Amen” “Gypsy Woman” “Freddies Dead” “Pusherman” “Weve Gotta Have Peace” “Weve Only Just Begun” “People Get Ready” “Move On Up” (Dont Worry) If Theres a Hell Below, Were All Going to Go “When Seasons... Live At Ronnie Scotts is an album by singer/pianist/songwriter Nina Simone. ... “Homeless” “Got to Be Real” “Do Be Down” “Who Was That Lady” “On and On” “Hes a Fly Guy” “Dont Push” “I Mo Git U Sucka” Category: ... Curtis Mayfield’s final album. ...

The Anthology 1961-1977 is a well-received compilation of The Impressions and Curtis Mayfield songs. ... “(Dont Worry) If Theres a Hell Below, Were All Going to Go” “The Makings of You” “Move On Up” “Get Down” “We Got to Have Peace” “Freddies Dead (Theme From Superfly)” “Superfly” “Pusherman” “Future Shock” “Cant Say Nothin” “Kung Fu” “So In Love” “Only You... Five years after Curtis Mayfields box set People Get Ready: The Curtis Mayfield Story was released in the US, the UK came up with a more comprehensive collection entitled simply Soul Legacy. ...

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b Curtis Mayfield, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. "…significant for the forthright way in which he addressed issues of black identity and self-awareness. …left his imprint on the Seventies by couching social commentary and keenly observed black-culture archetypes in funky, danceable rhythms. …sounded urgent pleas for peace and brotherhood over extended, cinematic soul-funk tracks that laid out a fresh musical agenda for the new decade." Accessed on line 28 November 2006.
  2. ^ Soul icon Curtis Mayfield dies, BBC News, 27 December 1999. "Credited with introducing social comment to soul music". Accessed on line 28 November 2006.
  3. ^ Soul icon Curtis Mayfield dies, BBC News, 27 December, 1999. Accessed on line 28 November 2006.
  4. ^ Curtis Mayfield biography, Internet Movie Database (IMDB). "…1968 hit 'We're A Winner,' became a civil rights anthem" Accessed on line 28 November 2006.
  5. ^ Richard Phillips, Curtis Mayfield dies: A modest man of great musical talent and sensitivity, World Socialist Web Site (International Committee of the Fourth International), 24 January 2000. Accessed on line 28 November 2006.
  6. ^ The Immortals: The First Fifty. Rolling Stone Issue 946. Rolling Stone.
  • Bob Donat, review of Superfly, in Rolling Stone, November 9, 1972.

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Curtis Mayfield (June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999) was an American soul, funk and RandB singer, songwriter and guitarist probably best known for his soundtrack to the blaxploitation film Superfly.
Mayfield's lyrics included hard-hitting commentary on the state of affairs in fl, urban ghettos at the time, previously unheard of in blaxploitation films.
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