Sunday, February 04, 2007

Artist of the Week: Curtis Mayfield

Continuing with the legends of music, this week, my Artist of the Week is Curtis Mayfield. A singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Curtis was an influential artist on the soul and funk genres. His early commercial success came as a member of the group, The Impressions, in the 1960s. In 1970, he left The Impressions to follow a solo career. The pinnacle of that career was the 1972 album, "Superfly," the film soundtrack. I was in boarding school when that album came out. I remember bringing a copy back to school, after a weekend home. Everyone in my dorm wanted to hear it. In 1995, Curtis received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He died on Boxing Day, December 26, 1999. You can check out his official Myspace tribute page at: .


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