Today in Music: 6/3/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: Singer-songwriter, guitarist and record producer Curtis Mayfield was born on June 3, 1942, in Chicago, Illinois, to Marion and Kenneth Mayfield. One of five children, Mayfield got his start performing in church. At the age of 14, Mayfield met Jerry Butler and the two would soon join the group The Impressions who went on to become a top-selling soul act with hits such as the Mayfield composition “People Get Ready”. In 1970, Curtis Mayfield left The Impressions to pursue a solo career, releasing a series of influential albums that were noteworthy for their socially conscious themes addressing inner city problems including Curtis (his 1970 debut), Roots (1971), the classic Super Fly soundtrack (1972), and more. He also worked extensively as a writer and producer for other artists like Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and the Pips and the Staple Singers. Curtis Mayfield has received a Grammy Legend Award, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and is among an elite few members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame who have been inducted more than once (with The Impressions in 1991, and as a solo artist in 1999). He is considered one of the most significant soul artists of all time. Mayfield, who had been paralyzed since 1990 from a freak stage accident at a concert in Flatbush, Brooklyn, died in 1999 from complications of type 2 diabetes. Upon his death, Aretha Franklin remarked, “Curtis Mayfield is to soul music what Bach was to the classics and Gershwin and Irving Berlin were to pop music.” #curtismayfield #singersongwriter #guitarist #recordproducer #legend #goat #jerrybutler #theimpressions #soulmusic #classicsoul #curtis #roots #superfly #arethafranklin #gladysknightandthepips #thestaplesingers #grammylegend #rockandrollhalloffame #flatbush #brooklyn #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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