Recalling the mega talents of CURTIS MAYFIELD, as we commemorate his birthdate June 3 (died 1999)
From his earliest days with Jerry Butler, he turned THE IMPRESSIONS from one of the fondest vocal groups who emerged from the strains of doo-wop in the late 50s, into a stellar soul act of the 60s. Curtis was a gifted songwriter and guitarist, who possessed one of the smoothest voices ever.
His ability to develop artists, and as producer were unparalleled, as in the careers of Jan Bradley, Major Lance, The Artistics, etc. In 1968, he founded his own Curtom Records label, resulting in hits for Five Stairsteps, Linda Clifford, The Staple Singers and others. And, by the early 1970’s, Mayfield initiated his own highly successful career as a solo artist, resulting in the hits “Superfly” and “Freddie’s Dead,” both in 1972.