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1999 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Curtis Mayfield

Curtis Mayfield

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  • Year:
    1999
  • Inducted by:
    Sean Combs
  • Category:
    Performers
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Hall of Fame Essay

1999

Brian Chin

Asked once by an interviewer if he was a spiritual person, Curtis Mayfield smiled and said, “I think all human beings are spiritual.” That good opinion of others has stood him — and all of us — in good stead over four decades of music making. 

Influenced deeply by the church of his grandmother, the Reverend AB. Mayfield, and surrounded by gospel music since childhood, Curtis Mayfield would find creativity, selfhood and community forever intertwined in his career.  

Curtis Mayfield Quote Image

nobody ever had more soul than my man, Curtis Mayfield

Sean Combs

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