Thursday, March 30, 2017

Curtis Mayfield – Pusherman (Curtom)

Chicago, IL-born Curtis Mayfield is among those who got Soul into another dimension, bringing it a social and political content, writing the memorable ‘People Get Ready’ back in 1965 as a member of The Impressions. In the same vein, he delivered the soundtrack of the 1972 Gordon Parks, Jr. directed comedy drama ‘Superfly’, featuring gems such as its title cut and ‘Freddie’s Dead’, eventually overshadowing the film itself…
Taken from the latter, the seminal ‘Pusherman’ didn’t get a single release though, although standing as one of Mayfield‘s signature songs along with the classic ‘Move On Up’.
Curtis, who got paralyzed from the neck down after some lighting equipment fell on him during a live performance in August 1990, continued to record music until 1996 with the release of his final album (‘New World Order’) on Warner.
He sadly passed from complications of diabetes in 1999 at the North Fulton Regional Hospital in Roswell, GA, aged 57.

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