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February 23, 2000 |
The revolution may not have been televised, but the soundtrack of the 1960s and 1970s went something like this: "People Get Ready . . . Keep on Pushin' . . . It's Alright . . . Superfly!" That, at least, is how more than 300 musicians and parishioners heard it when they gathered Tuesday at the First AME Church in South Los Angeles to pay homage to pop star Curtis Mayfield, the man whose soulful lyrics and silky voice inspired millions of fans.
January 30, 2000 |
This Baton Rouge-based rapper masterfully mixes tales of underclass struggle with stories of spiritual awakening on his second album, due in stores Tuesday. A strong sense of helplessness emanates from Bleed's often deadpan delivery, but his raps also have an uplifting quality that adds a needed balance to the painful, no-nonsense atmosphere he creates on such tracks as "Give and Take" and "To Be a Soldier."
January 1, 2000 |
When a reader called this week to ask which Curtis Mayfield album to buy, the answer seemed easy enough. The suggestion: Try a "greatest-hits" album by the R&B great, who died Sunday at age 57. The problem, the caller explained, was that she had already found four greatest-hits albums at the store--two devoted to Mayfield himself and two to the Impressions, the group the singer-songwriter-guitarist led for most of the '60s.
December 28, 1999 |
Few pop stars knew more about life's unfairness than Curtis Mayfield, but he was the last one ever to complain. The massively influential singer-songwriter, who died Sunday at age 57, believed his role was to lift his audience's spirits, not dampen them.
December 27, 1999 |
Curtis Mayfield, a songwriter who sang against social injustice with an almost spiritual eloquence that made him the conscience of R&B music in the '60s and '70s, died Sunday. He was 57. Warner Bros. Records spokeswoman Karen Lee announced the death in Los Angeles. A nurse at North Fulton Regional Hospital in Roswell, Ga., confirmed that Mayfield died there Sunday morning. The cause of his death was not immediately available. Funeral arrangements were incomplete.
March 28, 1999 |
"Ultimate" . . . "historic" . . . "legendary" are some of the words that RCA Records is applying to "Sunrise," the latest in its endless series of Elvis Presley reissues. "Greedy" is more like it. The music in "Sunrise"--a collection of the landmark recordings Presley made with Sam Phillips at Sun Records in Memphis before he switched to RCA and exploded on the pop scene in 1956 with "Heartbreak Hotel"--is historic and legendary, but the two-disc set is certainly not the ultimate bargain.