|Keep ON Pushing ...Curtis Mayfield...|
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about the great Curtis
Curtis was born on June 3rd 1942 and started singing gospel music under
his grandmother's auspices @ at the Traveling Souls Spiritualist Church
in Chicago at a young age.
The group obtained a deal with ABC-Paramount and there first release
"Gypsy Woman" shot up to #2 on the R&B charts and #20 on the
white artist dominated Pop Charts. The group was unable to obtain much
more success though , and Curtis returned to Chicago by 1963 with some
Impressions membership changes and a set of vastly more developed music
Curtis began producing other artists such as The
Staple Singers, Gene
Jackson and others. Mayfield played a pivotal role in shaping a small
but impressive roster for the tiny OKeh label in Chicago.
After finding a competent orchestral brass and string arranger in Johnny Pate, Mayfield got the Impressions moving again and the group was on a roll. The re-appearance of the Impressions at the top of the charts came with the releadse of "It's Alright", a #1 R&B chart topper and a #4 Pop hit . By January '64 , The Impressions sent "Talking About My Baby" onto the Pop charts where it hit #12. Other hits of that time span included the landmark songs of the civil rights era "I'm So Proud" ( Pop #14), and "Keep On Pushing" ( #10), the title track of their 3rd LP which reached #8