People get ready for the train a-comin'.
You don't need no baggage, you just get on board.
From "People Get Ready," by the Impressions
Freddie's dead. That's what I said.Singer, songwriter, guitarist, bandleader, producer, and label owner Curtis Mayfield (1942-1999) was a primary exponent of sweetly melodic yet socially conscious soul/funk. He began his career with the Impressions, leading them through a series of upbeat love songs ("It's All Right") and soaring pleas for racial progress ("Keep on Pushing," "This Is My Country," "Choice of Colors"). Mayfield departed the Impressions in the 1970s, to begin a solo career that saw his social conscience deepen. His best known achievement as a solo artist was the soundtrack to Super Fly. "Freddie's Dead" and the title track were his biggest solo hits.Mayfield also wrote music for the movies Short Eyes, Let’s Do It Again, and Sparkle. His popularity waned in the 1980s, and he was paralyzed from the neck down following an accident at an outdoor concert in 1990. Nevertheless, he recorded a final album, New World Order, in 1996. He died three years later from complications of diabetes.
From "Freddie's Dead," Super Fly soundtrack
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