Curtis Mayfield

Birth name: Curtis Lee Mayfield
Born: June 3, 1942
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: December 26, 1999
Roswell, Georgia, United States
Genres: Soul, Funk, R&B, Chicago Soul, Psychedelic Soul
Instruments: Vocals, guitar, bass, piano, saxophone, drums
Years active: 1956–1999
Labels: Curtom, Warner Bros., Rhino
Associated acts: The Impressions, Jerry Butler

Notable instruments

  • Fender Stratocaster



Curtis Lee Mayfield (June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999) was an African-American soul, R&B, and funk singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known for his anthemic music with The Impressions during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and for composing the soundtrack to the blaxploitation film Super Fly, Mayfield is highly regarded as a pioneer of funk and of politically conscious African-American music.He was also a multi-instrumentalist who played the guitar, bass, piano, saxophone, and drums. Curtis Mayfield is a winner of both the Grammy Legend Award (in 1994) and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (in 1995), and 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. more at Wikipedia…