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Curtis Mayfield

Age: 57

influential singer-songwriter known for his funky, political, and socially inspirational songs, such as “Superfly” and “People Get Ready” that put to chart-topping music themes of the civil-rights movement. He was paralyzed from the neck down in 1991, when lighting scaffolding fell on him during a concert.

Died: Roswell, Ga., December 26, 1999

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