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The Impressions

R&B trio from Chicago

Armando Bellmas
Armando Bellmas
The Impressions

Today on Ecléctico you're listening to The Impressions, an R&B trio from Chicago featuring Curtis Mayfield, Sam Gooden, and Fred Cash. The Impressions had a run of hits in the 1960s and their music always had a powerful spiritual groove. Today's song is composed by Mayfield, who wrote much of the group's music and would go on to have major success as a solo artist a few years later.

You'll go deeper with an excerpt from and a link to an excellent essay on the radical legacy of Curtis Mayfield by Ayana Contreras on Literary Hub.


"This Is My Country" by The Impressions
1968 | R&B trio from Chicago


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The phrase “This is my country” is still loaded for a multitude of reasons 50 years after the Impressions laid it down on wax. African Americans, a population with a long, multigenerational lineage in the United States, are a unique tribe: we are in many ways alienated from other non-Black Americans (as evidenced in “This Is My Country”). A couple of radio stations banned the song in late 1968; some disc jockeys and radio executives considered the song too radical. In response to that idea, Todd Mayfield (son to Curtis) posed to me the following question: “What is radical? One person’s radical is another person’s revolutionary. It just depends on what side of the line you’re on.”

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