The Impressions
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Group

The Impressions were started by legendary singer and songwriter, Curtis Mayfield, and, spawned the career of Jerry Butler.  Their first single, "Gypsy Woman," was a number two R&B smash, also reaching the pop Top 20. They struck gold in 1963 with "It's All Right," whose gospel-style lead-swapping helped make it not only their first R&B number one, but their biggest pop hit as well, with a peak of number four. 1964 brought the hit single "Keep on Pushing”. The album of the same name also featured a marching-beat cover of the gospel standard "Amen," inspired by the song's inclusion in the Sidney Poitier film Lilies of the Field. Gospel also informed what became perhaps the best-known Impressions hit, 1965's "People Get Ready." When the Impressions returned to the top of the R&B charts, it was with 1968's "We're a Winner, followed by "This Is My Country," "Choice of Colors," and "Check Out Your Mind" “Woman’s Got Soul”.  They have nineteen albums.

Although Curtis Mayfield passed away in 1999, the group still performs all of the great hits, with originals Fred Cash, Sam Gooden, along with Reggie Torian.


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