First Listen: The Notations put their mark on Curtis Mayfield classic

(August 20, 2019) During the late 1960s and early 70s, Chicago was one of the nation’s hotspots for soul music, and one of the native groups from the Windy City that was keeping folks grooving was The Notations. With two monster hits, “I’m Still Here” and “It Only Hurts For Awhile,” the quartet had a six year run that made them favorites for many soul music fans around the world.

The Notations faded from our view as the 80s arrived, but founding member Clifford Curry still had a lot of good music in him. He has re-created The Notations with singers Eric Bryant and Eric Rapier and have issued a string of very enjoyable singles over the past couple of years.

(August 20, 2019) During the late 1960s and early 70s, Chicago was one of the nation’s hotspots for soul music, and one of the native groups from the Windy City that was keeping folks grooving was The Notations. With two monster hits, “I’m Still Here” and “It Only Hurts For Awhile,” the quartet had a six year run that made them favorites for many soul music fans around the world.

The Notations faded from our view as the 80s arrived, but founding member Clifford Curry still had a lot of good music in him. He has re-created The Notations with singers Eric Bryant and Eric Rapier and have issued a string of very enjoyable singles over the past couple of years.

For their latest single, The Notations have taken on a classic from another Chi-Town legend, the late great Curtis Mayfield. “I’m So Proud” was a gem in the hands of Mayfield, and later Deniece Williams, and now The Notations give a traditional, soulful take on it, along with cool harmonies. This is definitely a good look for the trio and for this all-time favorite song. Check it out below.

By Chris Rizik

The Notations - "I'm So Proud"

 
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