3 June 1942, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 26 December 1999, Roswell, Georgia, USA. As songwriter and vocalist with the Impressions, Mayfield established an early reputation as one of soul musics most intuitive talents. In the decade between 1961 and 1971, he penned a succession of exemplary singles for his group, including Gypsy Woman (1961), Its All Right (1963), Im The One Who Loves You (1963), You Must Believe Me (1964), People Get Ready (1965), Were A Winner (1968) and Choice Of Colors (1969), the subjects of which ranged from simple, tender love songs to broadsides demanding social and political equality. Years later Bob Marley lifted lines from People Get Ready to populate his own opus, One Love. The independent record companies, Windy C, Mayfield and Curtom Records, emphasized Mayfields statesman-like role within black...
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