Saturday, February 23, 2008
It's All Right!
Why am I thinking about Curtis Mayfield? So much great inspiring music from this man starting in the very early 60's. He wrote some of the great black pride anthems of that time, crossing the lines between Gospel, Rock, Rythmn and Blues and Funk.
Everyone has heard the classic Impressions hit, People Get Ready.
This is a performance from 1988 of his 1964 hit "It's All Right"
Soon after, Curtis was seriously injured at a live outdoor show in Brooklyn when a lighting rig collapsed during a wind storm. He spent the last 7 years of his life paralyzed but kept recording and issuing great music.
I'm looking for some of his live shows, he was always great in person with a band that was very latino percussion oriented. A Truly Unique American Master!