Curtis Mayfield

Curtis Mayfield

Revered contributor to gospel, soul, and funk music.

Founded

June 3, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois

Full Name

Date of Birth

June 3, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois

Still Alive

Date of Death

December 26, 1999 in Roswell, Georgia

Cover for the album Curtis, released 1970.
Cover for the album Curtis, released 1970.

About The artist

“Curtis Mayfield is to soul music what Bach was to the classic, and Gershwin and Irving Berlin were to pop music; a soul laureate and catalyst and the heart and soul of a song and a people.”
Aretha Franklin

Did you know...

As a songwriter and producer, Curtis Mayfield worked with many Chicago soul notables like Gene Chandler, Jerry Butler, Major Lance (father of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms) and Billy Butler.

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