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Curtis Mayfield


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Curtis Mayfield (June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999) was an American , and , and guitarist from Chicago, Illinois.

Mayfield is probably best known for his anthemic music with The Impressions and for the soundtrack to the film Superfly.

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. Judged merely by his records alone, the man’s legacy is enormous. As the leader of the Impressions, he recorded some of the finest soul vocal group music of the 1960s. As a solo artist in the 1970s, he helped pioneer funk and helped introduce hard-hitting urban commentary into soul music. “Gypsy Woman,” “It’s All Right,” “People Get Ready,” “Freddie’s Dead,” and “Superfly” are merely the most famous of his many hit records.

But Curtis Mayfield wasn’t just a singer. Born in in Chicago, IL, he wrote most of his material at a time when that was not the norm for soul performers. He was among the first — if not the very first — to speak openly about African-American pride and community struggle in his compositions. As a songwriter and a producer, he was a key architect of , penning material and working on sessions by notable Windy City soulsters like Gene Chandler, Jerry Butler, Major Lance, and Billy Butler.


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  • annadmakeeva

    One of my all time favorite musicians, a true visionary. Track of the week is Homeless.

    13 Aug 8:03pm Reply
  • lossless777

    Happy Birthday ♪ ♥

    3 Jun 4:09pm Reply
  • fimikfimik

    Akayz7, yes. You're absolutely right. His music is so great, there's just no way he can be underrated.

    22 May 1:53pm Reply
  • Akayz7

    fank19, you're really mistaken... Curtis has always been praised as the forthcoming soul/funk artist of the times. And his worth with The Impressions is also just as well praised. Unless all you look at is "Rolling Stones" magazines, you'll be blind to see all the praise he has been given.

    7 May 7:12pm Reply
  • Dylanisgod2

    I really love this man's music

    15 Apr 11:00pm Reply
  • fank19

    v Because he barely appears in professional lists.

    7 Apr 7:51pm Reply
  • fimikfimik

    v lol, Why did you decide he's underrated?

    22 Mar 1:09am Reply
  • fank19

    Criminally underrated.

    21 Mar 6:50pm Reply
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    16 Mar 6:01am Reply
  • JakeDopeOne

    dope man

    15 Feb 1:30pm Reply
  • willett25

    We were looking for some feel-good to implement into a dreamy playlist called California Dreamin', and we thought "Pusherman" would be a perfect choice. It does the job supremely well, to say the least. Take a spin over here!-

    24 Jan 9:34pm Reply

    Curtis Mayfield one of the greatest Artists of all times ...... His music truly spoke to the changes we were experiencing as individuals in America ..... His music referenced those times and in his songs he spoke of certain truths ..... Some will remember listening to Curtis Mayfield and playing shout gun ..... You know what happened if you lost the game ..... Art facilitating changes in thoughts and actions and beliefs of individuals ..... Curtis Mayfield was a great Artist and a great Man .....

    19 Jan 10:24am Reply
  • lossless777

    ♥ ♥ ♥

    26 Dec 2013 Reply
  • fank19

    one of the best if not the best musician of the 20th century as far as I'm concerned. [3]

    12 Sep 2013 Reply
  • lilletilla


    5 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Dylanisgod2

    dude... Curtis

    15 Jul 2013 Reply
  • DickBigems

    Often overlooked songwriter and producer.

    21 Jun 2013 Reply
  • firefly2811

    under rated great artist love his sound.

    7 Jun 2013 Reply
  • SebaPresley

    Happy Birthday mr Mayfield!!!! thanks!!!

    4 Jun 2013 Reply
  • TheGreatChupon

    Man oh man, There's No Place Like America Today. I leave the album for a month or two and when I come back to it it's at least three times better. Thank you, Curtis, wherever you travel.

    22 May 2013 Reply
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