Sat. Jul. 20, 2019

Curtis Mayfield – Pusherman (Curtom)

Classics: Curtis Mayfield – Pusherman (Curtom)

“I’m your mama, I’m your daddy, I’m that nigga in the alley, I’m your doctor, when in need. Want some coke, have some weed, You know me, I’m your friend, Your main boy, thick and thin. I’m your pusherman…”

A Chicago, IL native, Curtis Mayfield is among those who got Soul into another dimension. Thus bringing it a social and political content. And eventually 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 ‘Super Fly’. The latter featuring gems such as its title cut and ‘Freddie’s Dead’. All in all most likely overshadowing the film itself at the end…

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’ as a matter of fact. Sadly enough this seemingly intentional omission stands among the countless mistakes
one can count in the history of the recording industry…

Overview
Curtis Mayfield left an unvaluable legacy, both musically and lyircally speaking. He most likely stands as one of the most influential artists in the history of Soul Music, with a repertoire fuelled with social and political content.

He first got to recognition along with The Impressions during the Civil Rights Movement in the late 50’s and early 60’s. Way before starting a solo career in 1970. He eventually scored one of his biggest classics ever with ‘Move On Up’, taken from his ‘Curtis’ album…

He wrote and produced the soundtrack to the 1972 directed Gordon Parks, Jr.‘s blaxploitation film ‘Super Fly’. A package that features gems such as ‘Give Me Your Love’ which The Sisters Love eventually covered soon after. But also ‘Pusherman’, the title track and ‘Freddie’s Dead’. As many themes which mostly evoke inner city minorities’ problems such as poverty, crime and drug abuse.

Although he tragically got paralyzed from the neck down after lighting equipment fell on him during a live performance at Wingate Field in Brooklyn, NY on Aug. 13, 1990, he kept on recording. Eventually releasing a final album (‘New World Order’) on Warner in 1996.

He sadly died 2 years after from complications of diabetes on Dec. 26, 1999 at the North Fulton Regional Hospital in Roswell, GA at the age of 57…

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