Trying to find music for the Blaxploitation post, I intended to just scan through some songs on each album. Which I did, until I pulled out Superfly. I ended up listening to the whole thing. I was a little, little kid when I first saw the movie, and I remember the music was tight and that Priest was the coolest brutha on the street. When I got a little older and listened to the album without the movie, I realized that they were polar opposites of each other. Curtis’s lyrics were a warning, a rebuttal to the movie and it’s depiction. I think that was when I really tried to start listening to the lyrics of songs. Back when you could understand them. And candy bars were 25 cents. Yes, I realize I got old there for a minute.
Anyway, I always loved that album. And that brings us to this post. It’s all about love for Curtis and his production for movies in the 70’s. The man wrote/performed/arranged on 6 soundtracks for movies: Superfly, Claudine, Sparkle, A Piece of the Action, Let’s Do It Again and Short Eyes. I’ve tried to include a song from each of them, not necessarily the hits, but ones that always liked to play.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Little Child Runnin Wild- Curtis Mayfield (Superfly)
On and On- Gladys Knight and the Pips (Claudine)
Jump- Aretha Franklin (Sparkle)
A Piece of the Action- Mavis Staple (A Piece of the Action)
The Chase- The Staple Singers (Let’s Do It Again)
Do Do Wap is Strong in Here- Curtis Mayfield (Short Eyes)