Friday, June 03, 2011

Curtis Mayfield - People Get Ready - #8

Happy Birthday to Mr. Curtis Lee Mayfield born on June 3, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Mayfield grew up in the famed [now demolished] Cabrini Green Housing projects in Chicago. Despite his humble beginnings, he rose to international fame as a singer, songwriter, producer, and all around entertainer. He is better know as the lead singer for the singing trio, The Impressions. He also known for his contribution to the Blaxploitation cinema of the 1970s.

On August 13, 1999 Mayfield was injured and paralyzed after lighting equipment fell on him during an outside concert in Wingate Field, Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York. The accident left him unable to play guitar and he was confined to a wheelchair. Nevertheless, Mayfield continued to write and make music until his death on December 26, 1999 due to complications from his paralysis. He was living in the Atlanta metro area at the time of his death. Curtis Lee Mayfield kept on pushing until the very end. His music and voice are legendary, and he will be remembered by many as a true soul man. Enjoy the video and take heed to his words. Peace~
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