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Curtis Mayfield

Remembering the groundbreaking musician on what would’ve been his 80th birthday.

Photo: Getty/Frans Schellekens

Sometimes, a gift can change your life.

Curtis Mayfield was born in Chicago and started performing not too long afterward. His mother taught him piano, and he sang in the choir at his aunt’s church. At 10, he received…

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