Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Curtis Mayfield was born 67 years ago today.


Mayfield released his first solo project, Curtis, in 1970 after splitting with the Impressions.

Two years later, he recorded Superfly, the soundtrack for the motion picture of the same name. The album topped the Billboard album charts for four weeks. The album made him a star and has had a tremendous influence on Black music – particularly hip-hop and reggae.

The topics of Mayfield’s music ranged from love to dancing to life in the hood. His songs have been sampled and remade by many including Ice-T, Sinead O’Connor, Jay-Z and Souls of Mischief.

In 1990, Mayfield was paralyzed in a freak accident while performing on a Brooklyn stage. His health declined and he died in 199.