Curtis Mayfield

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Curtis Lee Mayfield (June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999) was an American soul, R&B, and funk singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer, who is regarded as a driving force 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, a soul song that 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 many 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, Mayfield released several solo albums, including the soundtrack for the blaxploitation film Super Fly in 1972. The soundtrack was noted for the social commentary in the lyrics, mostly dealing with problems surrounding inner city minorities, addressing 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.

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 diabetes in 1999 at the age of 57.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Curtis Curtis Mayfield 7
1971 Roots Curtis Mayfield 5
1973 Back to the World Curtis Mayfield 3
1974 Got to Find a Way Curtis Mayfield 1
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 3
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 1
1982 Love Is the Place Curtis Mayfield 1
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

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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 Curtis: The Very Best of Curtis Mayfield Curtis Mayfield 3 1
1999 The Best of Curtis Mayfield Curtis Mayfield 1
1999 The Very Best Of Curtis Mayfield Curtis Mayfield 1
1999 Gospel Curtis Mayfield 1
1999 Move on Up: The Singles Anthology 1970-90 Curtis Mayfield 1
1999 Superfly 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
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions 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 Best of Curtis Mayfield: Move on Up Curtis Mayfield 1

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