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Curtis Mayfield

Born 3 June 1942. Died 26 December 1999.
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Curtis Mayfield talks about his musical beginnings

Curtis Mayfield's musical beginnings as presented by Lenny Kravitz

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Biography

Curtis Lee Mayfield (June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999) was an American soul, R&B, and funk singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. He achieved success and recognition with the Impressions during the Civil Rights Movement of the late 50's and 1960s. Mayfield is also known for his efforts in writing the soundtrack to the blaxploitation film Super Fly which was considered unusual as a soundtrack for a blaxploitation film, as its songs contained themes focusing more on the social problems of impoverished African American urban areas during the time. Mayfield is regarded as a pioneer of funk and of politically conscious African-American music. Being one of the most celebrated figures in the genre of soul and 20th century music, Mayfield is a winner of both the Grammy Legend Award (in 1994) and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (in 1995), and he was a double inductee into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted as a member of the Impressions into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991, and again in 1999 as a solo artist. He is also a two-time Grammy Hall of Fame inductee.

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  1. Review of Superfly

    Superfly 2000

    Reviewed by Greg Boraman
    This special edition CD allows a glimpse to a soul/funk classic from a slightly...
  2. Review of Superfly

    Superfly 2000

    Reviewed by David O'Donnell
    Perfectly captures the sounds of 1970's black America.
  3. Review of Curtis/Live!

    Curtis/Live! 1971

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    An intimate live portrait of a unique performer.
  4. Review of Curtis

    Curtis 1970

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    It opened up Mayfield's career to the extent that he shook off the chains of...
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