"Curtis Mayfield" (June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999) was an American soul, funk and R&B singer, songwriter and guitarist best known for his anthemic music with the Impressions and composing the soundtrack to the blaxploitation film ''Superfly.'' From these works and others, he was highly regarded as a pioneer of funk and of politically conscious African-American music. He was also a bassist, pianist, saxophonist and drummer.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Mayfield attended Roosevelt High School, where he came to prominence as lead singer and songwriter for The Impressions, then went on to a successful solo career. Perhaps most notably, Mayfield was among the first of a new wave of mainstream African-American R&B performing artists and composers who injected social commentary into their work. This "message music" became extremely popular during the period of political ferment and social upheaval of the 1960s and 1970s.
Mayfield had several distinctions to his style of playing and singing, adding to the uniqueness of his music. When he taught himself how to play guitar, he tuned the guitar to the black keys of the piano, giving him an open F-sharp tuning -- F#, ...
|Born||June 3, 1942|
|Died||December 26, 1999|
|Origin||Chicago, Illinois, USA|
|Instrument||Vocals, guitar, electric guitar|
|Genre||Funk, R&B, Soul music|
|Years active||1958 - 1999|
|Associated acts||The Impressions|