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Paralyzed when scaffolding fell on him during a show in Brooklyn in August 1990, Mayfield lingered for nine years β€” long enough to be honored by both the Rock and Roll and Grammy Halls of Fame β€” before succumbing, at the age of 57. Yet his songs may now be more a presence than at his death, embedded as samples in rap tracks, played at campaign rallies, featured in television commercials and broadcast in cover versions on radio.

Born and raised here, Mayfield was only 15 when his group, the Impressions, recorded its first hit with β€œFor Your Precious Love,” subsequently covered by Otis Redding and the Rolling Stones.




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