Re: Curtis Mayfield is the greatest songwriter ever.
Originally Posted by KevinNYC
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.
Listen to this 1962 track, the beginnings of reggae.
A minute mark 1:32 that is some straight reggae organ chords.
I don't hear it. I listened the first time without focusing on 1:32. Do you mean the little "stabs" going on in the background. That sounds like reggae guitar to me, however the foreground sounds like horns at that point.
Also I forgot that Curtis Mayfield had his accident in Brooklyn.