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  Curtis Mayfield - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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.
Mayfield died on December 26, 1999 in Roswell, Georgia.
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 Salon Directory   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Curtis Mayfield, who died the day after Christmas, 1999, at the age of 57, was an exception to the rule: a popular music titan who was never a pop star.
Mayfield was one of the most complete musicians in the history of fl pop; only Stevie Wonder and Prince rival the aplomb with which he balanced the roles of songwriter, vocalist, instrumentalist, producer and arranger.
Mayfield left the Impressions to pursue a solo career in 1970, recording a string of albums which were remarkable for the scope of their musical ambitiousness and social awareness.
dir.salon.com /people/obit/2000/01/07/aprcurtis   (691 words)

  
 The My Hero Project - Curtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield is my hero because he was a very humble man. He wrote from his heart and was able to communicate with people from all walks of life.
Curtis Mayfield was a masterful songwriter and singer whose words of beauty emitted socially conscious commentaries on a tumultuous period in America's recent history.
Curtis Mayfield died at the North Fulton Regional Hospital in Roswell, Georgia, at the age of 57.
myhero.com /hero.asp?hero=c_mayfield   (1111 words)

  
 New Georgia Encyclopedia: Curtis Mayfield (1942-1999)
Curtis Lee Mayfield was born on June 3, 1942, in Chicago, Illinois, to Marion Washington and Kenneth Mayfield.
Mayfield's family moved a lot before settling in the city's Cabrini-Green public housing project when he was a teenager.
Mayfield taught himself how to play guitar, and by instinct he tuned the guitar to the fl keys of the piano.
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 Curtis Mayfield - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Curtis Mayfield (June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999) was an African American soul, funk and RandB singer, songwriter and guitarist probably best known for his soundtrack to the blaxploitation film Superfly.
Mayfield came to prominence as lead singer and songwriter for The Impressions, then went on to a successful solo career.
Mayfield's career began in 1958 (see 1958 in music), when he formed The Impressions with Jerry Butler, Sam Gooden, Richard Brooks, and Arthur Brooks.
www.bucyrus.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/Curtis_Mayfield   (606 words)

  
 VH1.com : Curtis Mayfield : Biography
Mayfield was also an excellent guitarist, and his rolling, Latin-influenced lines were highlights of the Impressions' recordings in the '60s.
Mayfield was heavily steeped in gospel music before he entered the pop arena, and gospel, as well as doo wop, influences would figure prominently in most of his '60s work.
Mayfield had a couple of hits in the early '80s, but the decade generally found his commercial fortunes in a steady downward spiral, despite some intermittent albums.
www.vh1.com /artists/az/mayfield_curtis/bio.jhtml   (911 words)

  
 Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions
Curtis Mayfield first came to prominence as a member of the Impressions, a smooth soul vocal group formed in Chicago in 1956.
Mayfield hit the top of the pop charts with his fourth solo release, this soundtrack to the landmark blaxploitation film; musically it follows in the wake of Shaft, with wah-wah guitar, Latin percussion and hip horns providing a streetwise vibe, softened by occasional strings.
Mayfield is crisp and professional as always, but lacks the focus and passion that made his 1971 live album such a revelation - the band stays far in the background and doesn't vary much on the longer numbers ("Move On Up").
www.warr.org /mayfield.html   (3439 words)

  
 Headbob.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Curtis Mayfield was born on the 3'rd of june 1942 in Chicago, Illinois, where he quickly absorbed the music of that area, which consisted of the local blues, gospel and soul musicians.
Mayfield was now the groups lead singer, utilising his unique vocal style on several Impressions singles.
Curtis also appeared on the big screen when he had a role in the movie "Short eyes", in which he also wrote the soundtrack for.
www.headbob.com /top20/rb/mayfield_curtis.htm   (484 words)

  
 National Obituary Archive(NOA) - Arrangeonline.com
Mayfield was born June 3, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois.
Mayfield, who composed and played the guitar, was encouraged to join the Impressions by Jerry Butler.
Mayfield’s popularity began to wane during the remainder of the 1980’s, but in 1990 he was making a comeback.
www.arrangeonline.com /Obituary/obituary.asp?ObituaryID=43739293   (269 words)

  
 Curtis Mayfield   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Mayfield, who has been paralyzed from the neck down since 1990, when a lighting rig fell on him at an outdoor concert, has always been a frustrating, sometimes brilliant performer.
The place where Mayfield put it all together was his 1972 soundtrack to the blaxploitation hit Superfly (his best work and one of the decade's essential albums).
Mayfield himself seems to be discarding his optimism as the song unfolds, in favor of blasted fatalism ("Everybody's used him/Ripped him off and abused him.
www.bostonphoenix.com /alt1/archive/music/reviews/03-07-96/CURTIS_MAYFIELD.html   (659 words)

  
 Curtis Mayfield - Superfly
Curtis Mayfield's talents as an all-around artist became evident in the 1970s.
A textbook case of a soundtrack that artistically dwarfs the film that spawned it, Curtis Mayfield's opus is a testament to the powers of a musician at the top of his game.
Mayfield's music imbued the blaxploitation quickie with a moral pulse, taking aim at the scourge of drugs in the inner city.
www.superseventies.com /spsuperfly.html   (1191 words)

  
 Curtis Mayfield at opensource encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Curtis Mayfield (June 3, 1942 - December 26, 1999) was an American soul, funk and R&B singer, best known for his soundtrack to the blaxploitation film Superfly.
Perhaps most influentially, Mayfield was one of the first African-American singers to write his own songs and inject social commentary into his lyrics.
Perhaps most notably, Mayfield's lyrics included hard-hitting commentary on the state of affairs in urban ghettos at the time, unusual for fl music in general and unheard of in relation to blaxploitation films.
www.wiki.tatet.com /Curtis_Mayfield.html   (280 words)

  
 BBC News | ENTERTAINMENT | Soul icon Curtis Mayfield dies
Mayfield died on Sunday at North Fulton Regional Hospital in Roswell, Georgia, on Sunday after a decade of ill-health.
Mayfield became known as a civil rights hero as well as a respected entertainer; 1964's Keep On Pushing is credited with broadening the parameters of fl music to include a political perspective, at a time when it was dominated by love songs and dance records.
Mayfield is survived by his wife Altheida, ten children and seven grandchildren.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/entertainment/579113.stm   (504 words)

  
 Curtis Mayfield - Biography and Recommendations
Mayfield’s reputation has occasionally been tarnished by forays into the mundane, but temporary lapses should not detract from his true abilities and what, when taken in the round, is an important and distinguished body of work.
Following Isaac Hayes’ success with the Shaft soundtrack, Mayfield was asked to compose for the film Superfly - a fine achievement, far better than the film for which it was made, with both 'Freddie’s Dead' and the title track proving highly successful singles.
There is an excellent 2CD compilation of Curtis Mayfield’s work, combining Impressions material recorded for Curtis' own label (post 1968 recordings) with a fine selection of his solo work.
www.rhythmandtheblues.org.uk /artists/mayfield.shtml   (744 words)

  
 Curtis Mayfield   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
In the years that followed the accident Curtis underwent numerous operations in attempts to correct his physical condition but none of the surgery could halt his deteriorating health and the complications of diabetes, circulation and respiratory problems that added to his suffering.
Since that fateful day Curtis Mayfield has been showered with honours from the Music Industry; he is one of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame twice, once as an Impression and later as a solo artist.
Curtis discovered that lying flat on his back, where gravity put enough pressure on his lungs, allowed him to sing a few lines at a time.
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 Robert Christgau: CG: Artist 294   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Since Mayfield is a more trustworthy talent than Isaac Hayes, I wasn't too surprised at the durability of the two long cuts--the percussion jam is as natural an extension of soul music (those Sunday handclaps) as the jazzish solo.
Curtis Mayfield), and that the three that follow rock and roll.
With help from Dino Fekaris, Mayfield's best album in years includes his first hit in years, but neither has created much stir, which is fair enough--the single is catchy and nothing more, the album honest and nothing more.
www.robertchristgau.com /get_artist.php?id=294&name=Curtis+Mayfield   (602 words)

  
 Amazon.co.uk: Superfly: Original Soundtrack: Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Mayfield achieves this with an array of lean funk grooves punctuated by brass arrangements, interlocking percussion, wah-wah guitar, and his wispy, soulful tenor.The title track, which closes out the set, is one of Mayfield's signature tunes, and still stands among the most recognisable, and pleasurable, musical emblems of the era.
Curtis envelopes his unbridled anger at the waste of life brought about by drugs, and the need for love and community in his own inimitable style.
Curtis believed in self-help and community, he set up the Curtom label to allow himself and fellow musicians to be self-suficient.
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/ASIN/B000059ZE1   (656 words)

  
 Curtis Mayfield | Superfly | music : ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
Curtis Mayfield, who died on Sunday at the age of 57, was a musician who brought rock, soul, gospel, and the blues together in unprecedented combinations.
Mayfield and Franklin's collaboration here is frequently stunning -- beyond the songs she wrote for herself, Franklin has rarely had better original material to challenge and enhance her soul-gospel pipes.
Mayfield's career was cut short in 1990, when a lighting tower fell on him during a concert in Brooklyn, N.Y., and left him a paraplegic.
www.ew.com /ew/article/commentary/0,6115,82930~4~~,00.html   (600 words)

  
 Rolling Stone : Curtis Mayfield Dead
Curtis Mayfield, one of soul music's chief architects and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, died Sunday at age fifty-seven in a Roswell, Ga., hospital.
In the Sixties, Mayfield was the songwriting/guitar-playing force behind the Impressions, who, through songs like "People Get Ready" and "Keep on Pushing," blended the emotive vocal stylings of gospel with rhythm and blues to pioneer soul music.
Mayfield was as legendary for his work on the other side of the glass, producing fellow soul giants (and Hall inductees) Aretha Franklin, the Staple Singers and Gladys Knight and the Pips.
www.rollingstone.com /news/story/5923017/curtis_mayfield_dead   (303 words)

  
 Barnes & Noble.com - Curtis Mayfield: In Concert -- Curtis Mayfield - DVD - Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
While his popularity waxed and waned, Mayfield remained active as a performer and recording artist up until the summer of 1990, when a lighting rig fell on him during a concert in Brooklyn, NY, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down.
While the accident ended Mayfield's career as a live performer, he continued to oversee the operations of his record company, and even released an album of new songs in 1996.
Curtis Mayfield: In Concert is a home video release of a live concert Mayfield videotaped for European television in 1990, only a few months before his tragic accident.
video.barnesandnoble.com /search/product.asp?ean=707787650472&userid=AD8xPbiB5p&frm=0&itm=1   (208 words)

  
 Curtis Mayfield: Curtis ---Ink Blot Magazine
Curtis Mayfield was a founding member of the legendary Chicago vocal group the Impressions, and after 1961 was the group's leader and main writer.
Mayfield continued to bless this Earth with his socially-conscious songs and earnest tenor until an accident on a Brooklyn stage paralyzed him in 1990, and after a long decade in which he continued to record, he left us poorer without him at the very end of 1999.
Curtis is, in fact, is one of the greatest albums released by anyone at any time, and that's not hyperbole designed to get your attention or to get excerpted in some ad by Rhino Records.
www.inkblotmagazine.com /rev-archive/Curtis_Curtis.htm   (514 words)

  
 curtis mayfield roots
As a social commentator, Mayfield's finger was always on the pulse and the anti-war sentiments of 'We Got To Have Peace' are as bold and relevant as ever today.
James Brown funk was getting dirtier and Mayfield too, was soon to become a purveyor of the new funk sound that would be the soundtrack of the American urban underground.
Curtis didn't approve of the album title or the awkward looking portrait on the cover but I feel time has proved that 'roots' is a worthy word as it captures the depth and importance of Curtis' work.
www.ready-steady-go.org.uk /roots.htm   (628 words)

  
 Curtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield - Curtis Mayfield singer-songwriter Born: 6/3/1942 Birthplace: Chicago influential singer-songwriter...
Curtis Mayfield on fame and 'All Men Are Brothers,' the all-star
We'll Keep on Pushing: Curtis Mayfield was a prolific composer and singer whose songs summed up like no others the struggles of African Americans.
www.infoplease.com /ipa/A0781860.html   (274 words)

  
 Gedup.com - Reviews - Curtis Mayfield / New world order   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Curtis manages to stay fresh with modern music and is well adjusted to the 90s.
The beauty of this album is made up by good songs, Curtis' effort, his beautiful and unique voice, his words and the positive spirit.
My objective opinion may have gotten a bit soft due to the circumstances regarding Curtis' situation and the fact that this was the last album put out by him before he passed away.
www.gedup.com /reviews/review.php?id=36   (406 words)

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