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Probably because he didn’t cross towards the pop audience simply because heavily simply because Motown’s stars, it might be the fact that scope of Curtis Mayfield’s abilities and contributions have however to be completely recognized. Judged simply by his information by itself, the man’s legacy is certainly tremendous. As the head from the Impressions, he documented a number of the finest spirit vocal group music from the 1960s. Being a single musician in the 1970s, he helped pioneer funk and helped bring in hard-hitting metropolitan commentary into spirit music. “Gypsy Girl,” “It’s FINE,” “People PREPARE YOURSELF,” “Freddie’s Useless,” and “Super Journey” are simply just the most well-known of his many strike information. But Curtis Mayfield wasn’t only a vocalist. He wrote the majority of his materials at the same time when that had not been typical for spirit performers. He was one of the primary — otherwise the 1st — to speak openly about African-American satisfaction and community struggle in his compositions. Like a songwriter along with a maker, he was an integral architect of Chicago spirit, penning materials and focusing on classes by significant Windy Town soulsters like Gene Chandler, Jerry Butler, Main Lance, and Billy Butler. With this sense, he is able to be in comparison to Smokey Robinson, who also were able to find time and energy to create and make many classics for additional spirit celebrities. Mayfield was also a fantastic guitarist, and his moving, Latin-influenced lines had been highlights from the Impressions’ recordings within the ’60s. Through the following 10 years, he’d toughen up his acoustic guitar function and creation, incorporating among the better top features of psychedelic rock and roll and funk. Mayfield started his profession as a co-employee of Jerry Butler, with whom he created the Impressions in the past due ’50s. Following the Impressions experienced a big strike in 1958 with “FEMALE Precious Like,” Butler, who experienced sung lead within the record, break up to start out a single profession. Mayfield, while keeping the Impressions collectively, continued to create for and tour with Butler prior to the Impressions got their initial Top 20 strike in 1961, “Gypsy Girl.” Mayfield was intensely steeped in gospel music before he got into the pop world, and gospel, in addition to doo wop, affects would amount prominently generally in most of his ’60s function. Mayfield wasn’t a staunch traditionalist, nevertheless. He as well as the Impressions might have frequently proved helpful the call-and-response gospel design, but his music (intimate and usually) were frequently veiled or revealed messages of dark satisfaction, reflecting the elevated self-confidence and self-determination from the African-American community. Musically he was an innovator aswell, using agreements that utilized the punchy, blaring horns and Latin-influenced rhythms that had become brand flourishes of Chicago spirit. As the personnel manufacturer for the OKeh label, Mayfield was also instrumental in financing his abilities to the task of various other Chi-town spirit singers who continued to national achievement. With Mayfield performing lead and playing electric guitar, the Impressions acquired 14 Best 40 strikes in the 1960s (five produced the very best 20 in 1964 by itself), and released some above-average albums throughout that period aswell. Provided Mayfield’s prodigious skills, it was maybe inevitable that he’d eventually keep the Impressions to begin with a single profession, as he do in 1970. His 1st few singles boasted a harder, even more funk-driven audio; singles like “(Don’t Be concerned) If There is a Hell Below, WE ARE ALL Gonna Proceed” discovered him confronting ghetto existence having a realism that got rarely been noticed on record. He actually didn’t strike his creative or industrial stride like a single designer, though, until Super Take flight, his soundtrack to some 1972 blaxploitation film. Medication offers, ghetto shootings, the loss of life of young dark guys before their period: all had been defined in penetrating details. However Mayfield’s irrepressible falsetto vocals, uplifting melodies, and fantastic funk pop agreements provided the oft-moralizing materials a graceful power that few others might have achieved. For all your glory of his former function, Superfly stands as his crowning accomplishment, not forgetting a much-needed counterpoint towards the sensationalistic portrayals from the film itself. At this time Mayfield, alongside Stevie Question and Marvin Gaye, was the most important exponent of a fresh level of powerful auteurism in spirit. His failure to keep the criteria of Super Take a flight qualifies among the great disappointments in the annals of black well-known music. Probably he’d merely reached his top after a very long climb, however the rest of his ’70s function didn’t match the musical brilliance and lyrical subtleties of Super Take flight, although he previously a few huge R&B strikes in a more regular vein, such as for example “Kung Fu,” “Therefore in Like,” and “Just You Babe.” Mayfield got several hits in the first ’80s, however the 10 years generally discovered his industrial fortunes in a reliable unpredictable manner, despite some intermittent albums. On August 14, 1990, he became paralyzed through the neck down whenever a light rig fell together with him in a concert in Brooklyn, NY. Within the mid-’90s, several tribute albums comprising Mayfield covers made an appearance, with efforts by such superstars as Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, and Gladys Knight. Though no replacement for the person himself, these tributes offered as a sign from the tremendous regard where Mayfield was still kept by his peers. He passed away Dec 26, 1999 at age 57.

Quick Facts


Full Name Curtis Mayfield
Died December 26, 1999, Roswell, Georgia, United States
Profession Actor, Music Producer, Guitarist, Commentator, Singer-songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist, Film Score Composer
Education Wells Community Academy High School
Nationality American
Spouse Altheida Mayfield
Parents Kenneth Mayfield, Marion Washington
Awards Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Grammy Hall of Fame, Grammy Legend Award, Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award, Soul Train Music Award for Heritage Award – Career Achievement
Music Groups The Impressions
Music Songs Move On Up, Pusherman, If There's a Hell Below, Give Me Your Love, Freddie's Dead, Little Child Running Wild, Superfly, People Get Ready, The Makings of You, We the People Who Are Darker Than Blue, So In Love, Here but I'm Gone, We're a Winner, We Got to Have Peace, It's Alright, Future Shock, Only You Babe, Keep on Pushin', Right on for the Darkness, Do Do Wap Is Strong In Here, Between You Baby and Me, Tripping Out, Eddie You Should Know Better, No Thing On Me, Can't Say Nothin', Back to Living Again, You're So Good to Me, Billy Jack, Keep On Keeping On, Check Out Your Mind, Stone Junkie, She Don't Let Nobody
Albums Superfly, New World Order, Back to the World, There's No Place Like America Today, Curtis/Live!, Sweet Exorcist, Roots, Got to Find a Way, Something to Believe In, Give, Get, Take and Have, Short Eyes, We Come in Peace with a Message of Love, Do It All Night, Curtis in Chicago, Love is the Place, Live in Europe, Honesty, The Very Best of Curtis Mayfield, The Anthology: 1961–1977, People Get Ready: The Curtis Mayfield Story, Soul Legacy, Curtis, Take It to the Streets, Never Say You Can't Survive, Live at Ronnie Scott's, Heartbeat, The Right Combination, Superfly - Definitive Remastered Edition (2 Volume Special Edition), Get Ready - Hello Young Lovers, Live In Concert 1990, The Berlin Sessions, Mayfield Remixed: The Curtis Mayfield Collection, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions, Playlist: The Best Of Curtis Mayfield, The Essential Curtis Mayfield, Sommer Hot, People Get Ready: The Best Of Curtis Mayfield's Impressions
Nominations Grammy Award for Best R&B Album, Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, MuchMusic Video Award for Best Pop Video, MuchMusic Video Award for Video of the Year
Movies Super Fly, Claudine, Let's Do It Again, Sparkle, Short Eyes, A Piece of the Action, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Return of Superfly, Daft Punk's Electroma, Curtis Mayfield: Live at Montreux 1987, Curtis Mayfield: Live at Ronnie Scott's, Curtis Mayfield: In Concert


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1 Founder of Mayfield Records, based in Chicago, IL.
2 Founder of Windy C Records, based in Chicago, IL.
3 Co-founder (w/Eddie Thomas) of Curtom Records (1968-80) based in Chicago, IL.
4 Mayfield received the Grammy Legend Award in 1994, the Grammy Lifetime Achivement Award in 1995 and in 1998 "Superfly" was added to the Grammy Hall of Fame in the Film & TV Soundtracks (Album) category. Mayfield never won a competitive Grammy.
5 Posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2000. He learned of the honor shortly before his death and his family attended the event, which was held June 15, 2000 in the Imperial Ballroom of the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers. Brian McKnight did the induction honors and performed Mayfield's "People Get Ready" at the ceremony.
6 Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Impressions (1991) and as a solo artist (1999).
7 In 1990, an onstage accident in Brooklyn NY left him paralyzed from the neck down. In 1998, doctors amputated his right leg because of diabetes brought on by the injury.
8 Fathered ten children, who gave him seven grandchildren by the time of his death.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
2015 FIFA Women's World Cup TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Glastonbury 2015 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Britain's Got More Talent TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Accidental Love 2015 performer: "Move on Up"
Whitney 2015 TV Movie performer: "Head Arrangement #3 from 'Sparkle 1976'" / writer: "Head Arrangement #3 from 'Sparkle 1976'"
UK Championship Snooker 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Growth Spurt 2014 Short writer: "Chip Of A Star"
Selma 2014 writer: "Keep on Pushing" - as Curtis L. Mayfield
New Girl TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Die Schlikkerfrauen 2014 performer: "Pusherman" - uncredited
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Lilyhammer 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Grand Theft Auto V 2013 Video Game performer: "Eddie You Should Know Better" / writer: "Eddie You Should Know Better"
2013 MTV Video Music Awards 2013 TV Special writer: "Same Love"
Monte Carlo elsker jøderne 2013 TV Series documentary performer: "Move On Up" - uncredited / writer: "Hard Times", "Move On Up" - uncredited
Divorce 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The X Factor 2006-2012 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Roth Show 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Stand Up Guys 2012 writer: "Hard Times"
Sparkle 2012/I writer: "Hooked On Your Love", "Jump", "Something He Can Feel", "Look Into Your Heart"
Offender 2012 writer: "Hard Times"
Dark Shadows 2012 performer: "Superfly" / writer: "Superfly"
Scandal 2012 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Probudím se vcera 2012 writer: "It's All Right"
Charles Bradley: Soul of America 2012 Documentary writer: "Mighty Mighty"
Marley 2012 Documentary writer: "One Love/People Get Ready"
Jack and Jill 2011/I writer: "He Don't Love You Like I Love You"
Jedermann Remixed 2011 TV Movie writer: "People Get Ready"
The Hangover Part II 2011 performer: "Pusher Man" / writer: "Pusher Man"
Independent Lens TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes, 2006 - 2011 performer - 1 episode, 2011
Jumping the Broom 2011 performer: "The Makings of You" / writer: "The Makings of You"
Conan O'Brien Can't Stop 2011 Documentary writer: "Movin' On Up"
2010 Soul Train Awards 2010 TV Special writer: "Medley: 10 Seconds; Holding You Down Goin' in Circles; La Di Da Di; Holding You Down Goin' in Circles"
Arab Attraction 2010 Documentary writer: "It's All Right"
Glee 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2010 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
L'âge de raison 2010 performer: "Move On Up" / writer: "Move On Up"
20 to 1 2010 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
American Idol 2003-2010 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Soul Kitchen 2009 music: "Get Down"
So You Think You Can Dance 2005-2009 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Fighting 2009 performer: "Move On Up" / writer: "Move On Up"
Madea Goes to Jail 2009 performer: "Superfly" / writer: "Superfly"
La Mission 2009 performer: "Kung Fu" / writer: "Kung Fu"
Türkisch für Anfänger 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Secret Life of Bees 2008 writer: "It's All Right" 1963
Soul Power 2008 Documentary writer: "On And On"
JCVD 2008 "Hard Times"
Taken 2008/I "Change" / writer: "Change" - as C. Mayfield
Semi-Pro 2008 performer: "Move On Up" / writer: "Move On Up"
The Real Hustle TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
The Wire TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2006 - 2008 writer - 2 episodes, 2006 - 2008
The Heartbreak Kid 2007 writer: "Gypsy Woman"
Superbad 2007 performer: "P.S. I Love You" / writer: "P.S. I Love You"
Eye See Me 2007 performer: " Don't Worry If there's a Hell Below We All Gonna Go", "Kung Fu", "Little Child Running Wild", "Movin On Up", "So In Love" / writer: " Don't Worry If there's a Hell Below We All Gonna Go", "Giving Him Something He Can Feel", "Kung Fu", "Little Child Running Wild", "Movin On Up", "Pusher Man", "So In Love"
Charlie Bartlett 2007 performer: "Pusherman" / writer: "Pusherman"
House M.D. TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2007 writer - 1 episode, 2007
Friday Night Lights TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2007 writer - 1 episode, 2007
Pride 2007 performer: "LITTLE CHILD RUNNIN' WILD" / writer: "LITTLE CHILD RUNNIN' WILD"
Las Vegas 2007 TV Series 1 episode
Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2006 writer - 1 episode, 2006
Austin City Limits 2006 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Hollywoodland 2006 writer: "He Will Break Your Heart" - as Curtis L. Mayfield
Electroma 2006 performer: "Billy Jack" / writer: "Billy Jack"
ATL 2006 writer: "What You Know"
Glory Road 2006 writer: "People Get Ready"
Varannan vecka 2006 performer: "Move On Up" - as Mayfield / writer: "Move On Up" - as Mayfield
The Boondocks TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2005 writer - 1 episode, 2005
The Bernie Mac Show TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2005 writer - 1 episode, 2005
Two for the Money 2005 performer: "Pusherman" / writer: "Pusherman"
Hollywood Flies 2005 writer: "Give Me Your Love"
Huey Lewis & the News: Live at 25 2005 Video writer: "They Say It's Alright" - uncredited
Cold Case 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Guess Who 2005 writer: "Something He Can Feel" 1976
Inside Deep Throat 2005 Documentary performer: "Superfly" / writer: "Superfly"
Alfie 2004 writer: "Woman's Got Soul" 1965
Never Die Alone 2004 performer: "Kung Fu" / writer: "Kung Fu", "Pusherman"
Super Size Me 2004 Documentary performer: "Pusherman" / writer: "Pusherman"
Along Came Polly 2004 writer: "LET'S DO IT AGAIN"
True Crime: Streets of LA 2003 Video Game writer: "I'm Your Pusher"
The Blues 2003 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Terrorister - En film om dom dömda 2003 Documentary writer: "It's All Right"
Cradle 2 the Grave 2003 writer: "Fireman" - as C. Mayfield
The Boys of 2nd Street Park 2003 TV Movie documentary writer: "It's All Right"
Comedian 2002 Documentary writer: "Move On Up"
Skeppsholmen TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2002 music - 1 episode, 2002
American Dreams 2002 TV Series writer: "People Get Ready"
City by the Sea 2002 writer: "Curious Mind Um Um Um Um Um Um"
RFK 2002 TV Movie performer: "It's All Right" / writer: "It's All Right"
Barbershop 2002 performer: "Pusherman" / writer: "Pusherman"
Bend It Like Beckham 2002 performer: "Move On Up" 1970 / writer: "Move On Up" 1970
Kuutamolla 2002 arranger: "Move On Up" / performer: "Move On Up" / writer: "Move On Up"
Cherish 2002 writer: "Get Up and Move"
Crossing Jordan 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Vanilla Sky 2001 "Keep On Pushing" 1964
Baby Boy 2001 writer: "Talk Sh*t 2 Ya"
Life and Debt 2001 Documentary writer: "One Love / People Get Ready"
Save the Last Dance 2001 "What You Want" / performer: "What You Want"
The British Invasion Returns 2000 Video writer: "Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um"
101 Reykjavík 2000 writer: "It's All Right"
Vinyl 2000 Documentary performer: "So In Love" / writer: "So In Love"
Freaks and Geeks TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1999 writer - 1 episode, 1999
I epithesi tou gigantiaiou mousaka 1999 performer: "Move On Up" / writer: "Move On Up"
Black & White 1999/I writer: "Urban Life"
The Mod Squad 1999 performer: "Here But I'm Gone" / writer: "Here But I'm Gone"
Zingo 1998 writer: "IT'S ALRIGHT"
The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story 1998 Video writer: "Monkey Time"
Rush Hour 1998 performer: "Mother's Son" / writer: "Mother's Son"
Simon Birch 1998 writer: "It's All Right"
54 1998 writer: "Move On Up"
Armageddon 1998 performer: "Pusherman" / writer: "Pusherman"
The Last Days of Disco 1998 writer: "Minstrel and Queen"
Day 532 1998 Short performer: "Right On For The Darkness" / writer: "Right On For The Darkness"
Eve's Bayou 1997 writer: "A Child With The Blues"
Money Talks 1997 performer: "Pusherman" / writer: "Pusherman"
New York Undercover TV Series 1 episode, 1997 performer - 1 episode, 1996 writer - 1 episode, 1996
Love Jones 1997 performer: "Give Me Your Love" / writer: "Give Me Your Love"
Get on the Bus 1996 performer: "New World Order" / writer: "People Get Ready", "New World Order", "Keep On Pushing", "We're A Winner"
Phenomenon 1996 performer: "It's All Right" / writer: "It's All Right"
The Cable Guy 1996 performer: "Pusherman" / writer: "Pusherman"
The Pallbearer 1996 performer: "Move On Up" / writer: "Move On Up"
Mr. and Mrs. Loving 1996 TV Movie writer: "People Get Ready"
Dead Presidents 1995 performer: "We People Darker Than Blue", "If There's Hell Below", "Right On For Darkness" / writer: "Keep On Pushing", "Man Oh Man I Want To Go Back", "We People Darker Than Blue", "If There's Hell Below", "Right On For Darkness"
Top of the Pops TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 1971 - 1995 performer - 1 episode, 1971
Panther 1995/I performer: "Don't Worry If There's A Hell Below, We're All Gonna Go" / writer: "Don't Worry If There's A Hell Below, We're All Gonna Go"
Friday 1995 performer: "Freddie's Dead", "Little Child Runnin' Wild" / writer: "Freddie's Dead", "Little Child Runnin' Wild"
Higher Learning 1995 performer: "GIVE ME YOUR LOVE" / writer: "GIVE ME YOUR LOVE"
It Could Happen to You 1994 writer: "You Must Believe Me"
Angels in the Outfield 1994 writer: "It's All Right"
Crooklyn 1994 performer: "Pusherman" / writer: "Pusherman"
The Inkwell 1994 writer: "On And On"
Without Walls TV Series documentary performer - 2 episodes, 1994 writer - 1 episode, 1994
A Bronx Tale 1993 writer: "I'm So Proud"
Coitado do Jorge 1993 "SO IN LOVE"
Aretha Franklin: Duets 1993 TV Special writer: "People Get Ready"
That Night 1992 writer: "HE DON'T LOVE YOU LIKE I LOVE YOU - aka HE WILL BREAK YOUR HEART"
Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media 1992 Documentary writer: "People Get Ready"
It 1990 TV Mini-Series writer: "It's All Right"
The Return of Superfly 1990 "Superfly 1990", "Superfly 1990" Hip Hop Instrumental, "For The Love of You", "Showdown", "Forbidden" / performer: "Superfly 1990", "Superfly 1990" Hip Hop Instrumental, "For The Love of You", "Showdown", "Forbidden" / producer: "Superfly 1990", "Superfly 1990" Hip Hop Instrumental, "For The Love of You", "Showdown", "Forbidden"
Flashback 1990 "People Get Ready"
Shag 1989/I writer: "Monkey Time" - as Mayfield
The Mighty Quinn 1989 writer: "I GOTTA KEEP MOVING ON"
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka 1988 performer: "He's a Flyguy" / producer: "He's a Flyguy" / writer: "He's a Flyguy"
Hairspray 1988 writer: "Mama Didn't Lie"
The Telephone 1988 writer: "One Love/People Get Ready"
Thirtysomething 1988 TV Series 1 episode
Rags to Riches 1987 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Peggy Sue Got Married 1986 writer: "He Don't Love You" - uncredited
Crime Story 1986 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The American Way 1986 writer: "People Get Ready"
Phil Collins: No Jacket Required 1985 TV Movie writer: "It's All Right"
The Flamingo Kid 1984 writer: "It's All Right"
Fame 1984 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Phil Collins: Live at Perkins Palace 1983 Video writer: "People Get Ready"
Losin' It 1983 "It's All Right"
It Came from Hollywood 1982 Documentary writer: "The Monkey Time" - uncredited
Playboy's Roller Disco & Pajama Party 1979 TV Special writer: "Move On Up" - uncredited
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1978 performer: "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" Finale
Renaldo and Clara 1978 writer: "People Get Ready"
Safari Club 1978 writer: "Superfly" - uncredited
A Piece of the Action 1977 writer: "Chocolate City" , "Of Whom Shall I Be Afraid" , "Orientation" , "A Piece Of The Action" , "Good Lovin' Daddy" , "'Til Blossoms Bloom" , "Koochie, Koochie, Koochie", uncredited
Short Eyes 1977 performer: "Do Do Wap Is Strong In Here", "Back Against The Wall", "Need Someone To Love", "A Heavy Dude", "Short Eyes/Freak, Freak, Free, Free, Free", "Break It Down", "Another Fool In Love", "Father Confessor Instrumental" / writer: "Do Do Wap Is Strong In Here", "Back Against The Wall", "Need Someone To Love", "A Heavy Dude", "Short Eyes/Freak, Freak, Free, Free, Free", "Another Fool In Love", "Father Confessor Instrumental"
Sparkle 1976 writer: "JUMP", "Hooked On Your Love", "Something He Can Feel", "Look Into Your Heart", "Loving You Baby"
Let's Do It Again 1975 lyrics: "Let's Do It Again", "Funky Love", "A Whole Lot Of Love", "New Orleans", "I Want To Thank You", "Big Mac" - uncredited / music: "Let's Do It Again", "Funky Love", "A Whole Lot Of Love", "New Orleans", "I Want To Thank You", "Big Mac" - uncredited
Mob Job 1974 performer: "Pusherman" - uncredited / writer: "Pusherman" - uncredited
Claudine 1974 writer: "Mr. Welfare Man", "To Be Invisible", "On and On", "The Makings of You", "Hold On", "Make Yours a Happy Home"
The Groove Tube 1974 performer: "Move On Up" / writer: "Move On Up"
The Ernie Sigley Show 1974 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Bobby Goldsboro Show TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1973 writer - 1 episode, 1973
Sanford and Son TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1973 writer - 1 episode, 1973
Save the Children 1973 Documentary performer: "On a Clear Day"
The Midnight Special TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1973 writer - 1 episode, 1973
Flipside TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 1973 writer - 1 episode, 1973
The 15th Annual Grammy Awards 1973 TV Special performer: "Freddie's Dead" / writer: "Freddie's Dead"
Black Heat 1973 performer: "Give Me Your Love Love Song" - uncredited / writer: "Give Me Your Love Love Song" - uncredited
Super Fly 1972 performer: "Little Child Runnin' Wild", "Freddy's Dead", "Junkie Chase Instrumental", "Give Me Your Love Love Song", "Eddie You Should Know Better", "No Thing On Me Cocaine Song", "Think Instrumental", "Super Fly" / performer: "Pusherman" - as The Curtis Mayfield Experience / writer: "Little Child Runnin' Wild", "Pusherman", "Freddy's Dead", "Junkie Chase Instrumental", "Give Me Your Love Love Song", "Eddie You Should Know Better", "No Thing On Me Cocaine Song", "Think Instrumental", "Super Fly"
The Mike Douglas Show TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1972 writer - 1 episode, 1972
The Old Grey Whistle Test TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1972 writer - 1 episode, 1972
The David Frost Show 1969 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Joey Bishop Show 1969 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Showcase '68 1968 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Go!! Show 1966 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Shindig! 1965 TV Series writer - 7 episodes
Hollywood a Go Go 1965 TV Series writer - 6 episodes
New American Bandstand 1965 1960-1961 TV Series writer - 5 episodes
The Get Down 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Suits 2011-2016 TV Series writer - 70 episodes
The Voice 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Infiltrator 2016 performer: "Pusherman" / writer: "Pusherman"
Wimbledon TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2015 - 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Barbershop: The Next Cut 2016 performer: "Move On Up" / writer: "Move On Up"
Britain's Got Talent TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
Vinyl TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
Ride Along 2 2016 writer: "Something He Can Feel"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bran Van 3000 Feat. Curtis Mayfield: Astounded 2001 Short
Ein fetter Film 1992 Documentary
The Return of Superfly 1990
A Piece of the Action 1977
Short Eyes 1977
Sparkle 1976
Let's Do It Again 1975
Claudine 1974
Super Fly 1972

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Return of Superfly 1990 musician
A Piece of the Action 1977 lyrics
Let's Do It Again 1975 music producer
Super Fly 1972 music arranger / orchestrator

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1978 Our Guests at Heartland
Short Eyes 1977 Pappy

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bran Van 3000 Feat. Curtis Mayfield: Astounded 2001 Short

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Frankenpimp's Revenge: The Romeo and Juliet Massacre special thanks filming
Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media 1992 Documentary acknowledgment

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bran Van 3000 Feat. Curtis Mayfield: Astounded 2001 Short Himself (voice)
New York Undercover 1997 TV Series Himself
Record Row: Cradle of Rhythm and Blues 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself
VH1 Legends 1996 TV Series documentary Himself
Soul Train's 25th Anniversary 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
Omnibus 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
Video Soul 1994 TV Series Himself
The 36th Annual Grammy Awards 1994 TV Special Himself
26th NAACP Image Awards 1994 TV Special Himself
Golden Age of Rock'n'Roll 1991 TV Series documentary Himself
Un dia és un dia 1990 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Sunday Night 1989 TV Series Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1987 TV Series Himself
Switch 1983 TV Series Himself
Disco in the Snow 1979 TV Movie Himself - Performer
Soul Train 1971-1974 TV Series documentary Guest / Himself - Guest / Himself
The Midnight Special 1973-1974 TV Series Himself - Host / Himself
In Session 1974 TV Series Himself - Host
Rock Concert 1974 TV Series Himself
The Bobby Goldsboro Show 1973 TV Series Himself
Save the Children 1973 Documentary Himself
New American Bandstand 1965 1971-1973 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Flipside 1973 TV Series documentary Himself
The 15th Annual Grammy Awards 1973 TV Special Himself
Flip 1973 TV Series Himself
In Concert 1972 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1972 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself - Vocalist
Super Fly 1972 Himself (The Curtis Mayfield Experience)
The Dick Cavett Show 1972 TV Series Himself - Guest
Beat-Club 1972 TV Series
The Old Grey Whistle Test 1972 TV Series Himself
Top of the Pops 1971 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
The David Frost Show 1971 TV Series Himself - Guest
Disco 2 1970 TV Series Himself
Soul! 1970 TV Series Himself - Host
The Joey Bishop Show 1969 TV Series Himself - Guest

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Soul Power! 2013 TV Series documentary Himself
VH1 Rock Docs 2010 TV Series Himself
Movin' on Up: The Music and Message of Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions 2008 Video documentary Himself
Get Up, Stand Up 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Baadasssss Cinema 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Old Grey Whistle Test at 30 2001 TV Special Himself
Top Ten 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
The Old Grey Whistle Test 1982 TV Series Himself
Soul Train 1973 TV Series documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1976 Image Award Image Awards Best Musical Score Let's Do It Again (1975)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Song Glory Road (2006) · Alicia Keys (Performer)
· Lyfe Jennings (Performer)
1975 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Original Song - Motion Picture Claudine (1974)
1973 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or TV Special Super Fly (1972)


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