Curtis Mayfield said It's All Right

The Impressions were one of the great 'soul groups' of the Golden age, John Hale tells us why. -- TDR

Chicago's Impressions are one of the all time favorite and important R&B groups. They were formed in the late fifties in the Windy City, and they briefly featured R&B legend Jerry Butler as lead singer, before he moved on to a solo career. When Butler left, main songwriter Curtis Mayfield moved to the front as lead singer, and it was during his time fronting the group that they scored a string of Top 10 R&B and pop hits, including such standards as "Gypsy Woman," "Amen," "People Get Ready," "You Must Believe Me," and several others.

"It's All Right" (Sometimes shown as "It's Alright") was written by Curtis Mayfield, who also sang lead, and was the group's first big hit. It was one of two Impressions hits to make it to the Top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100 chart, and one of six to make it to Number 1 on the R&B chart, and was the group's all time most popular song. It would later be featured in the movie "Angels In The Outfield" and would be a hit a second time in an acapella version for California hit makers Huey Lewis & The News.

These are the Impressions, and It's All Right.


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