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Old 08-07-2012, 04:12 PM   #45
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Default Re: Curtis Mayfield is the greatest songwriter ever.

Originally Posted by L.Kizzle
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He also had probably the most influence in a bubbling new genre from the Islands, Reggae music.

His melodies, guitar playing and harmonies with the Impressions gave it it's birth along with Ska and Calypso.

Mayfield may have had an individual influence on reggae, but Jamaican music goes back to American Jazz and Rock n Roll and R+B. That is reggae would have happened with Curtis Mayfield. Motown was big throughout Jamaica. Now Bob Marley was specifically a fan of The Impressions, but it's a mistake to say the Bob Marley is all of reggae.. Apparently Jimmy Cliff was more of an Otis Redding fan.
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