“Maybe the words that I say is just another way to pray.” Beautiful description of the large and profound repertoire of Curtis Mayfield. I first heard of him in the 1960s as the leader and creative force behind the wonderful soul group The Impressions. They made radio in 1960s extremely listenable whenever they got a spin on CKY, Canada’s Friendly Giant booming 50,000 watts out of Winnipeg. Born on this day in 1942, Curtis went on to say, “Painless preaching is as good a term as any for what we do.” and “Educated fools; from uneducated schools.” and “If you’re going to come away from a party singing the lyrics of a song, it is better that you sing of self-pride like ‘We’re a Winner’ instead of ‘Do the Boo-ga-loo!” Right on, Curtis. Not Dead – Dead since December 26, 1999. Watch Curtis perform People Get Ready.