Curtis Mayfield

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Curtis Lee Mayfield (June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer, and one of the most influential musicians behind soul and politically conscious African-American music. He first achieved success and recognition with The Impressions during the Civil Rights Movement of the late 1950s and 1960s, and later worked as a solo artist.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Mayfield started his musical career in a gospel choir. Moving to Chicago's North Side he met Jerry Butler in 1956 at the age of 14, and joined vocal group The Impressions. As a songwriter, Mayfield became noted as one of the first musicians to bring more prevalent themes of social awareness into soul music. In 1965, he wrote "People Get Ready" for The Impressions, which displayed his more politically charged songwriting. Ranked at no. 24 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, the song received numerous other awards, and was included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, as well as being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998.

After leaving The Impressions in 1970 in the pursuit of a solo career, Mayfield released several albums, including the soundtrack for the blaxploitation film Super Fly in 1972. The soundtrack was noted for its socially conscious themes, mostly addressing problems surrounding inner city minorities such as crime, poverty and drug abuse. The album was ranked at no. 72 on Rolling Stone's list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Mayfield was paralyzed from the neck down after lighting equipment fell on him during a live performance at Wingate Field in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York, on August 13, 1990. Despite this, he continued his career as a recording artist, releasing his final album New World Order in 1997. Mayfield won a Grammy Legend Award in 1994 and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995, and was a double inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of the Impressions in 1991, and again in 1999 as a solo artist. He was also a two-time Grammy Hall of Fame inductee. He died from complications of type 2 diabetes in 1999 at the age of 57.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Curtis Curtis Mayfield 5 7
1971 Roots Curtis Mayfield 7
1973 Back to the World Curtis Mayfield 3
1974 Got to Find a Way Curtis Mayfield 2
1974 Sweet Exorcist Curtis Mayfield 2
1975 There's No Place Like America Today Curtis Mayfield 5
1976 Give, Get, Take and Have Curtis Mayfield 4
1977 Never Say You Can't Survive Curtis Mayfield 2
1978 Do It All Night Curtis Mayfield 2
1979 Heartbeat Curtis Mayfield 1
1980 Something to Believe In Curtis Mayfield 1
1980 The Right Combination Linda Clifford & Curtis Mayfield 2
1982 Love Is the Place Curtis Mayfield 2
1983 Honesty Curtis Mayfield 2
1985 We Come in Peace With a Message of Love Curtis Mayfield 1
1990 Take It to the Streets Curtis Mayfield 2
1996 New World Order Curtis Mayfield 2
2014 Superfly Curtis Mayfield 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 People Get Ready! The Curtis Mayfield Story Curtis Mayfield 1
1996 The Very Best of Curtis Mayfield Curtis Mayfield 1
1997 The Best of Curtis Mayfield Curtis Mayfield 1
1997 The Ultimate Curtis Mayfield Curtis Mayfield 1
1997 Love, Peace, Understanding Curtis Mayfield 1
1997 The Best of Curtis Mayfield Curtis Mayfield 1
1997 The Best of Curtis Mayfield Curtis Mayfield 1
1998 Back to the World / Love Curtis Mayfield 1
1998 Curtis: The Very Best of Curtis Mayfield Curtis Mayfield 3 1
1999 The Best of Curtis Mayfield Curtis Mayfield 1
1999 There's No Place Like America Today / Give, Get, Take And Have Curtis Mayfield 1
1999 The Very Best Of Curtis Mayfield Curtis Mayfield 2
1999 Gospel Curtis Mayfield 1
1999 Move on Up: The Best of Curtis Mayfield Curtis Mayfield 1
1999 Move on Up: The Singles Anthology 1970-90 Curtis Mayfield 1
1999 Superfly Curtis Mayfield 1
2000 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions 1
2001 Love songs Curtis Mayfield 1
2001 Soul Legacy Curtis Mayfield 5 1
2002 The Essentials Curtis Mayfield 1
2002 The Definitive Collection Curtis Mayfield 1
2003 Soul Music Curtis Mayfield 1
2005 Superfly Guy Curtis Mayfield 1
2006 Future Shock Curtis Mayfield 1
2006 The Essential Curtis Mayfield Curtis Mayfield 1
2013 Original Album Series (Curtis Mayfield) Curtis Mayfield 1
Beautiful Brother: The Essential Curtis Mayfield Curtis Mayfield 1
Curtis Mayfield Curtis Mayfield 1
Curtis Mayfield Curtis Mayfield 1
Get Down to the Funky Groove Curtis Mayfield 1
Give It Up: The Best of the Curtom Years 1970 - 77 Curtis Mayfield 1
Hard Times Curtis Mayfield 1
Move On Up Curtis Mayfield 1
Move on Up: The Gentleman of Soul Curtis Mayfield 1
Of All Time Curtis Mayfield 1
Super Fly Curtis Mayfield 2
Superfly and Other Hits Curtis Mayfield 1
The Masters Curtis Mayfield 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 Curtis/Live! Curtis Mayfield 5
1988 Live in Europe Curtis Mayfield 5 1
2005 Live at Ronnie Scott's Curtis Mayfield 1
2010 Curtis in Chicago Curtis Mayfield 1
2014 Curtis / Live! Curtis Mayfield 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Mayfield Remixed: The Curtis Mayfield Collection Curtis Mayfield 2

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 Superfly Curtis Mayfield 4.65 13
1977 Short Eyes Curtis Mayfield 2

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 Freddie's Dead Curtis Mayfield 1
1973 Future Shock Curtis Mayfield 1
1974 Kung Fu / Right on for the Darkness Curtis Mayfield 1
1975 Only You Babe Curtis Mayfield 1
1977 Do Do Wap Is Strong In Here Curtis Mayfield 1
1990 Superfly 1990 Curtis Mayfield & Ice‐T 2
2010 The Joy Kanye West feat. Pete Rock, Jay-Z, Charlie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield & Kid Cudi 1

Other + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 The Definitive Soul Collection Curtis Mayfield 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Living Legend Curtis Mayfield 1

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