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Curtis Mayfield (1942–1999)


Rhythm and blues performer/songwriter credited with defining 1960's Chicago sound in hits like "It's All Right" and "Gypsy Woman." His style influenced other artists from pop to hip hop. Has been a quadriplegic ever since he was struck by lighting rig during outdoor concert in New York, 1990. Member of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame whose 1968 hit "... See full bio »

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 2011-2014 Suits (TV Series) (writer - 41 episodes)
- Litt the Hell Up (2014) ... (writer: "Greenback Boogie" - uncredited)
- Pound of Flesh (2014) ... (writer: "Greenback Boogie" - uncredited)
- Leveraged (2014) ... (writer: "Greenback Boogie" - uncredited)
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (2014) ... (writer: "Greenback Boogie" - uncredited)
- One-Two-Three Go... (2014) ... (writer: "Greenback Boogie" - uncredited)
 2014 Late Night with Seth Meyers (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Kanye West/Russell Wilson (2014) ... (writer: "Touch the Sky" - uncredited)
 2013 2013 MTV Video Music Awards (TV Movie) (writer: "Same Love")
 2013 Monte Carlo elsker jøderne (TV Series documentary) (performer: "Move On Up" - uncredited) / (writer: "Hard Times", "Move On Up" - uncredited)
 2013 Divorce (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.5 (2013) ... (writer: "Long Train Runnin'")
 2012 The X Factor (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Finals (2012) ... (writer: "Move on Up" - uncredited)
 2012 The Roth Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Sarcasm/Tattoos (2012) ... (performer: "Superfly")
 2012 Stand Up Guys (writer: "Hard Times")
 2012/I Sparkle (writer: "Hooked On Your Love", "Jump", "Something He Can Feel", "Look Into Your Heart")
 2012 Dark Shadows (performer: "Superfly") / (writer: "Superfly")
 2012 Scandal (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Crash and Burn (2012) ... (performer: "Pusherman" - uncredited)
- Hell Hath No Fury (2012) ... (performer: "Superfly" - uncredited)
 2012 Marley (Documentary) (writer: "One Love/People Get Ready")
 2011/I Jack and Jill (writer: "He Don't Love You (Like I Love You)")
 2011 Jedermann Remixed (TV Movie) (writer: "People Get Ready")
 2011 The Hangover Part II (performer: "Pusher Man") / (writer: "Pusher Man")
  Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (writer - 2 episodes, 2006 - 2011) (performer - 1 episode, 2011)
- Bhutto (2011) ... (performer: "Superfly") / (writer: "Superfly")
- Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power (2006) ... (writer: "Meeting Over Yonder")
 2011 Jumping the Broom (performer: "The Makings of You") / (writer: "The Makings of You")
 2011 Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (Documentary) (writer: "Movin' On Up")
 2010 2010 Soul Train Awards (TV Special) (writer: "Medley: 10 Seconds; Holding You Down (Goin' in Circles); La Di Da Di; Holding You Down (Goin' in Circles)")
 2010 Arab Attraction (Documentary) (writer: "It's All Right")
 2010 Glee (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Never Been Kissed (2010) ... (writer: "One Love (People Get Ready)" - uncredited)
 2010 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #2.144 (2010) ... (writer: "Hard Times")
- Episode #2.112 (2010) ... (writer: "Move On Up")
 2010 With Love... from the Age of Reason (performer: "Move on up")
 2010 20 to 1 (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Greatest Aussie Chart Toppers (2010) ... (writer: "People Get Ready")
 2010 American Idol (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Top Seven Performance (2010) ... (writer: "People Get Ready")
 2009 Soul Kitchen (music: "Get Down")
 2005-2009 So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Top 12 Perform (2009) ... (writer: "Move On Up")
- Top 10 (2005) ... (writer: "Giving Him Something He Can Feel")
 2009 Fighting (performer: "Move On Up") / (writer: "Move On Up")
 2009 Madea Goes to Jail (performer: "Superfly") / (writer: "Superfly")
 2008 Turkish for Beginners (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Die, in der die Toten auferstehen (2008) ... (performer: "Pusherman" - uncredited)
 2008 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #7.1 (2008) ... (writer: "Tilt Ya Head Back")
 2008 The Secret Life of Bees (writer: "It's All Right" (1963))
 2008 Soul Power (Documentary) (writer: "On And On")
 2008 JCVD ("Hard Times")
 2008/I Taken ("Change") / (writer: "Change" - as C. Mayfield)
 2008 Semi-Pro (performer: "Move On Up") / (writer: "Move On Up")
  The Real Hustle (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 2008) (writer - 1 episode, 2008)
- Episode #5.2 (2008) ... (performer: "Move On Up" - uncredited) / (writer: "Move On Up" - uncredited)
 2006-2008 The Wire (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- React Quotes (2008) ... (performer: "Gypsy Woman" - uncredited)
- Margin of Error (2006) ... (performer: "Move On Up (Extended Version)" - uncredited)
 2007 The Heartbreak Kid (writer: "Gypsy Woman")
 2007 Superbad (performer: "P.S. I Love You") / (writer: "P.S. I Love You")
 2007 Eye See Me (performer: " (Don't Worry) If there's a Hell Below We All Gonna Go", "Kung Fu", "Little Child Running Wild", "Movin On Up", "So In Love") / (writer: " (Don't Worry) If there's a Hell Below We All Gonna Go", "Giving Him Something He Can Feel", "Kung Fu", "Little Child Running Wild", "Movin On Up", "Pusher Man", "So In Love")
 2007 Charlie Bartlett (performer: "Pusherman") / (writer: "Pusherman")
  House M.D. (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2007) (writer - 1 episode, 2007)
- Top Secret (2007) ... (performer: "Superfly") / (writer: "Superfly")
 2007 Pride (performer: "LITTLE CHILD RUNNIN' WILD") / (writer: "LITTLE CHILD RUNNIN' WILD")
 2007 Las Vegas (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Barechested in the Park (2007) ... ("Superfly", uncredited)
  Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2006) (writer - 1 episode, 2006)
- Momma Cherri's Soul Food Shack Revisited (2006) ... (performer: "Move On Up", "Superfly" - uncredited) / (writer: "Move On Up", "Superfly" - uncredited)
 2006 Austin City Limits (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- New Orleans Social Club (2006) ... (writer: "This is My Country")
 2006 Hollywoodland (writer: "He Will Break Your Heart" - as Curtis L. Mayfield)
 2006 Daft Punk's Electroma (performer: "Billy Jack") / (writer: "Billy Jack")
 2006 ATL (writer: "What You Know")
 2006 Every Other Week (performer: "Move On Up" - as Mayfield) / (writer: "Move On Up" - as Mayfield)
 2006 Glory Road (writer: "People Get Ready")
  The Boondocks (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2005) (writer - 1 episode, 2005)
- Guess Hoe's Coming to Dinner (2005) ... (performer: "Freddie's Dead") / (writer: "Freddie's Dead")
  The Bernie Mac Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2005) (writer - 1 episode, 2005)
- Prison Break (2005) ... (performer: "Little Child Runnin' Wild") / (writer: "Little Child Runnin' Wild")
 2005 Two for the Money (performer: "Pusherman") / (writer: "Pusherman")
 2005 Hollywood Flies (writer: "Give Me Your Love")
 2005 Cold Case (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Strange Fruit (2005) ... (writer: "Rainbow")
 2005 Guess Who (writer: "Something He Can Feel" (1976))
 2005 Inside Deep Throat (Documentary) (performer: "Superfly") / (writer: "Superfly")
 2004 Alfie (writer: "Woman's Got Soul" (1965))
 2004 Never Die Alone (performer: "Kung Fu") / (writer: "Kung Fu", "Pusherman")
 2004 Super Size Me (Documentary) (performer: "Pusherman") / (writer: "Pusherman")
 2004 Along Came Polly (writer: "LET'S DO IT AGAIN")
 2003 Terrorists: The Kids They Sentenced (Documentary) (writer: "It's All Right")
 2003 The Boys of 2nd Street Park (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "It's All Right")
 2002 Comedian (Documentary) (writer: "Move On Up")
 2002 American Dreams (TV Series) (writer: "People Get Ready")
 2002 City by the Sea (writer: "Curious Mind (Um Um Um Um Um Um)")
 2002 RFK (TV Movie) (performer: "It's All Right") / (writer: "It's All Right")
 2002 Barbershop (performer: "Pusherman") / (writer: "Pusherman")
 2002 Bend It Like Beckham (performer: "Move On Up" (1970)) / (writer: "Move On Up" (1970))
 2002 Lovers & Leavers (arranger: "Move On Up") / (performer: "Move On Up") / (writer: "Move On Up")
 2002 Cherish (writer: "Get Up and Move")
 2002 Crossing Jordan (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Blood Relatives (2002) ... (performer: "People Get Ready" - uncredited)
 2001 Vanilla Sky ("Keep On Pushing" (1964))
 2001 Baby Boy (writer: "Talk Sh*t 2 Ya")
 2001 Life and Debt (Documentary) (writer: "One Love / People Get Ready")
 2001 Save the Last Dance ("What You Want") / (performer: "What You Want")
 2000 The British Invasion Returns (Video) (writer: "Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um")
 2000 101 Reykjavík (writer: "It's All Right")
 2000 Vinyl (Documentary) (performer: "So In Love") / (writer: "So In Love")
  Freaks and Geeks (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1999) (writer - 1 episode, 1999)
- Tests and Breasts (1999) ... (performer: "Superfly") / (writer: "Superfly")
 1999 The Attack of the Giant Mousaka (performer: "Move On Up") / (writer: "Move On Up")
 1999/I Black and White (writer: "Urban Life")
 1999 The Mod Squad (performer: "Here But I'm Gone") / (writer: "Here But I'm Gone")
 1998 Zingo (writer: "IT'S ALRIGHT")
 1998 Rush Hour (performer: "Mother's Son") / (writer: "Mother's Son")
 1998 Simon Birch (writer: "It's All Right")
 1998 54 (writer: "Move On Up")
 1998 Armageddon (performer: "Pusherman") / (writer: "Pusherman")
 1998 The Last Days of Disco (writer: "Minstrel and Queen")
 1998 Day 532 (Short) (performer: "Right On For The Darkness") / (writer: "Right On For The Darkness")
 1997 Eve's Bayou (writer: "A Child With The Blues")
 1997 Money Talks ("Pusherman") / (performer: "Pusherman")
  New York Undercover (TV Series) (1 episode, 1997) (performer - 1 episode, 1996) (writer - 1 episode, 1996)
- The Unthinkable (1997) ... ("No One Knows About a Good Thing (You Don't Have to Cry)", uncredited)
- A Time to Kill (1996) ... (performer: "Little Child Running Wild" - uncredited) / (writer: "Little Child Running Wild" - uncredited)
 1997 Love Jones (performer: "Give Me Your Love") / (writer: "Give Me Your Love")
 1996 Get on the Bus (performer: "New World Order") / (writer: "People Get Ready", "New World Order", "Keep On Pushing", "We're A Winner")
 1996 Phenomenon (performer: "It's All Right") / (writer: "It's All Right")
 1996 The Cable Guy (performer: "Pusherman") / (writer: "Pusherman")
 1996 The Pallbearer (performer: "Move On Up") / (writer: "Move On Up")
 1996 Mr. and Mrs. Loving (TV Movie) (writer: "People Get Ready")
 1995 Dead Presidents (performer: "We People Darker Than Blue", "If There's Hell Below", "Right On For Darkness") / (writer: "Keep On Pushing", "(Man Oh Man) I Want To Go Back", "We People Darker Than Blue", "If There's Hell Below", "Right On For Darkness")
 1995/I Panther (performer: "(Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below, We're All Gonna Go") / (writer: "(Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below, We're All Gonna Go")
 1995 Friday (performer: "Freddie's Dead", "Little Child Runnin' Wild") / (writer: "Freddie's Dead", "Little Child Runnin' Wild")
 1995 Higher Learning (performer: "GIVE ME YOUR LOVE") / (writer: "GIVE ME YOUR LOVE")
 1994 It Could Happen to You (writer: "You Must Believe Me")
 1994 Angels in the Outfield (writer: "It's All Right")
 1994 The Inkwell (writer: "On And On")
  Without Walls (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 1994) (writer - 1 episode, 1994)
- Kiss My Baadasssss Ice-T's Guide to Blaxploitation (1994) ... (performer: "Super Fly" - uncredited) / (writer: "Pusherman", "Super Fly" - uncredited)
 1993 A Bronx Tale (writer: "I'm So Proud")
 1993 Coitado do Jorge ("SO IN LOVE")
 1993 Aretha Franklin: Duets (TV Special) (writer: "People Get Ready")
 1992 That Night (writer: "HE DON'T LOVE YOU LIKE I LOVE YOU - aka HE WILL BREAK YOUR HEART")
 1992 Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (Documentary) (writer: "People Get Ready")
 1990 It (TV Mini-Series) (writer: "It's All Right")
 1990 The Return of Superfly ("Superfly 1990", "Superfly 1990" (Hip Hop Instrumental), "For The Love of You", "Showdown", "Forbidden") / (performer: "Superfly 1990", "Superfly 1990" (Hip Hop Instrumental), "For The Love of You", "Showdown", "Forbidden") / (producer: "Superfly 1990", "Superfly 1990" (Hip Hop Instrumental), "For The Love of You", "Showdown", "Forbidden")
 1990 Flashback ("People Get Ready")
 1989 Shag (writer: "Monkey Time" - as Mayfield)
 1989 The Mighty Quinn (writer: "I GOTTA KEEP MOVING ON")
 1988 I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (performer: "He's a Flyguy") / (producer: "He's a Flyguy") / (writer: "He's a Flyguy")
 1988 Hairspray (writer: "Mama Didn't Lie")
 1988 The Telephone (writer: "One Love/People Get Ready")
 1988 thirtysomething (TV Series) (1 episode)
- South by Southeast (1988) ... ("It's All Right")
 1987 Rags to Riches (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- High Society (1987) ... (writer: "It's All Right")
 1986 Peggy Sue Got Married (writer: "He Don't Love You" - uncredited)
 1986 The American Way (writer: "People Get Ready")
 1985 Phil Collins: No Jacket Required (TV Movie) (writer: "It's All Right")
 1984 The Flamingo Kid (writer: "It's All Right")
 1984 Fame (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll (1984) ... (writer: "The Monkey Time" (as "The Monkey Dance"))
 1983 Phil Collins: Live at Perkins Palace (Video) (writer: "People Get Ready")
 1982 It Came from Hollywood (Documentary) (writer: "The Monkey Time" - uncredited)
 1979 Playboy's Roller Disco & Pajama Party (TV Movie) (writer: "Move On Up" - uncredited)
 1978 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (performer: "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (Finale))
 1978 Renaldo and Clara (writer: "People Get Ready")
 1978 Safari Club (writer: "Superfly" - uncredited)
 1977 A Piece of the Action (writer: "Chocolate City", "Of Whom Shall I Be Afraid", "Orientation", "A Piece Of The Action", "Good Lovin' Daddy", "'Til Blossoms Bloom", "Koochie, Koochie, Koochie", "Getting Deeper")
 1977 Short Eyes (performer: "Do Do Wap Is Strong In Here", "Back Against The Wall", "Need Someone To Love", "A Heavy Dude", "Short Eyes/Freak, Freak, Free, Free, Free", "Break It Down", "Another Fool In Love", "Father Confessor (Instrumental)") / (writer: "Do Do Wap Is Strong In Here", "Back Against The Wall", "Need Someone To Love", "A Heavy Dude", "Short Eyes/Freak, Freak, Free, Free, Free", "Another Fool In Love", "Father Confessor (Instrumental)")
 1976 Sparkle (writer: "JUMP", "Hooked On Your Love", "Something He Can Feel", "Look Into Your Heart", "Loving You Baby")
 1975 Let's Do It Again (performer: "After Sex (Instrumental)", "Chase (Instrumental)") / (writer: "Let's Do It Again", "Funky Love", "A Whole Lot Of Love", "New Orleans", "I Want To Thank You", "Big Mac", "After Sex (Instrumental)", "Chase (Instrumental)")
 1974 Mob Job (performer: "Pusherman" - uncredited) / (writer: "Pusherman" - uncredited)
 1974 Claudine (writer: "Mr. Welfare Man", "To Be Invisible", "On and On", "The Makings of You", "Hold On", "Make Yours a Happy Home")
 1974 The Groove Tube (performer: "Move On Up")
  The Bobby Goldsboro Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1973) (writer - 1 episode, 1973)
- Episode dated 15 December 1973 (1973) ... (performer: "Future Shock", "If I Were Only A Child Again") / (writer: "Future Shock", "If I Were Only A Child Again")
  Sanford and Son (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1973) (writer - 1 episode, 1973)
- Libra Rising All Over Lamont (1973) ... (performer: "Freddie's Dead") / (writer: "Freddie's Dead")
 1973 Save the Children (Documentary) (performer: "On a Clear Day")
  The Midnight Special (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1973) (writer - 1 episode, 1973)
- Episode #1.20 (1973) ... (performer: "Superfly", "If I Were Only A Child Again", "Back To The World") / (writer: "Superfly", "If I Were Only A Child Again", "Back To The World")
  Flipside (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 1973) (writer - 1 episode, 1973)
- Episode dated 19 May 1973 (1973) ... (performer: "Freddie's Dead", "Eddie You Should Know Better") / (writer: "Freddie's Dead", "Eddie You Should Know Better")
 1973 The 15th Annual Grammy Awards (TV Special) (performer: "Freddie's Dead") / (writer: "Freddie's Dead")
  Flip (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1973) (writer - 1 episode, 1973)
- Episode #3.14 (1973) ... (performer: "Super Fly", "Freddie's Dead") / (writer: "Super Fly", "Freddie's Dead")
 1973 Black Heat (performer: "Give Me Your Love (Love Song)" - uncredited) / (writer: "Give Me Your Love (Love Song)" - uncredited)
 1972 Super Fly (performer: "Little Child Runnin' Wild", "Freddy's Dead", "Junkie Chase (Instrumental)", "Give Me Your Love (Love Song)", "Eddie You Should Know Better", "No Thing On Me (Cocaine Song)", "Think (Instrumental)", "Super Fly") / (writer: "Little Child Runnin' Wild", "Pusherman", "Freddy's Dead", "Junkie Chase (Instrumental)", "Give Me Your Love (Love Song)", "Eddie You Should Know Better", "No Thing On Me (Cocaine Song)", "Think (Instrumental)", "Super Fly")
  The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1972) (writer - 1 episode, 1972)
- Episode dated 17 March 1972 (1972) ... (performer: "Keep On Keeping On", "We Got To Have Peace") / (writer: "Keep On Keeping On", "We Got To Have Peace")
  Whistle Test (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1972) (writer - 1 episode, 1972)
- Episode dated 25 January 1972 (1972) ... (performer: "We Got To Have Peace", "Keep On Keeping On") / (writer: "We Got To Have Peace", "Keep On Keeping On")
  Top of the Pops (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1971) (writer - 1 episode, 1971)
- Episode dated 8 July 1971 (1971) ... (performer: "Check Out Your Mind", "Gypsy Woman") / (writer: "Check Out Your Mind", "Gypsy Woman")
 1969 The David Frost Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.27 (1969) ... (writer: "Choice Of Colors")
 1969 The Joey Bishop Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #3.216 (1969) ... (writer: "Choice Of Colors")
 1968 Showcase '68 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.6 (1968) ... (writer: "Monkey Time")
 1966 The Go!! Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.97 (1966) ... (writer: "A Woman with Soul")
 1965 Shindig! (TV Series) (writer - 6 episodes)
- Episode #2.5 (1965) ... (writer: "Um Um Um Um", "Monkey Time")
- Episode #1.51 (1965) ... (writer: "Good Times")
- Episode #1.38 (1965) ... (writer: "Monkey Time")
- Episode #1.26 (1965) ... (writer: "People Get Ready")
- Episode #1.25 (1965) ... (writer: "Um Um Um Um" (excerpt) - uncredited)
 1965 Hollywood a Go Go (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.33 (1965) ... (writer: "It's All Right", "I Need You")
- Episode #1.15 (1965) ... (writer: "Nothing Can Stop Me")
 1960-1961 New American Bandstand 1965 (TV Series) (writer - 5 episodes)
- Episode #4.252 (1961) ... (writer: "I'm A Telling You")
- Episode #4.137 (1961) ... (writer: "Find Another Girl")
- Episode #4.56 (1960) ... (writer: "He Will Break Your Heart")
- Episode #4.42 (1960) ... (writer: "He Will Break Your Heart")
- Episode #3.183 (1960) ... (writer: "Lonely Soldier Boy")
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Trivia:

Mayfield received the Grammy Legend Award in 1994, the Grammy Lifetime Achivement Award in 1995 and in 1998 "Superfly" was added to the Grammy Hall of Fame in the Film & TV Soundtracks (Album) category. Mayfield never won a competitive Grammy. See more »

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The Gentle Genius

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