Curtis was born in 1942. He was the son of Marion Washington and Kenneth Mayfield.
He was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer, and influenced soul and politically conscious African-American music. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on March 15, 1999.
He was paralyzed from the neck down in a stage accident in 1990 and passed away in 1999 after complications from diabetes. He recorded his last album, New World Order, in 1996, one line at a time lying in his hospital bed.
"United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V97D-FQM : 20 May 2014), Curtis Mayfield, 26 Dec 1999; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
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