Percy Mayfield

Louisiana farm boy, PERCY MAYFIELD became a freight-hoppin hobo at 15. Later worked as a dry cleaner, Pullman cook and pool hustler.  “I fell in love with sadness because there’s more truth in it….so I ventured over into the world of sadness.” And his attitude showed in his choice of songs.  Two Years of Torture, Lost Love, River’s Invitation, Memory Pain and Life is suicide and his biggest hit, Please Send Me Someone to Love which dealt with the Jim Crowe life. But all that sadness didn’t stop him from being top Hot Chart artist in 1950 or fathering a legend named Curtis Mayfield.