Curtis Mayfield Honored at Hollywood’s RockWalk

HOLLYWOOD – MAY 20: (L-R) Cheaa Mayfield, Altheida Mayfield, and Kirk Mayfield attend a ceremony honoring Curtis Mayfield at Hollywood’s RockWalk on May 20, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Mayfield’s love for music cultivated singing in his grandmother’s Traveling Soul Spiritualists’ Church on the cities North Side.

His career began in 1956 when he joined The Roosters with Arthur and Richard Brooks and Jerry Butler. Two years later, with the addition of Sam Gooden, the group became The Impressions. Mayfield became lead singer when Butler left the group. The Impressions saw success with such songs as “Gypsy Woman,” “Amen,” “Keep on Pushin,” “People Get Ready,” “Choice of Colors,” “Fool For You,” “This is My Country” and “Check Out Your Mind.”

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