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November 24, 2010 In this recurring series, we ask our imaginably young interns to review classic albums they've never heard before. NPR Music intern Erik Myers takes a stab at Curtis Mayfield's 1975 classic funk and soul album, and is unimpressed.
August 26, 2003 The March on Washington series continues with a remembrance of Curtis Mayfield's song, "People Get Ready." Although written more than a year after the march, the song evokes the spirit of the civil rights movement. NPR Senior Correspondent Juan Williams reports.
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December 27, 1999 Singer and songwriter Curtis Mayfield died yesterday at the North Fulton Regional Hospital in Roswell, Ga. An onstage accident in 1990 left Mayfield paralyzed from the neck down, a condition that caused his health to deteriorate in recent years. Doctors amputated his right leg last year because of diabetes brought on by the injury.
December 12, 1997 CURTIS MAYFIELD. He's been called "the thinking man's soul man." He's known for his floating falsetto voice, gospel sound, and social commentary. He was with the group, "The Impressions" for 12 years recording such classics as "Gypsy Woman," "I'm so Proud," and "People Get Ready." After that he went solo. His score for "Superfly," was considered a musical breakthrough, and has inspired many of today's hip-hop performers. MAYFIELD was preparing for a comeback, with the release of "Return of Superfly," in 1990, when a freak stage accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. MAYFIELD's soundtrack for "Superfly" has just been re-released.Floating :30 I.D 12:35 and 12:45]Film critic JOHN POWERS reviews Stephen Speilberg's new film "Armistad."
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