In 1970 Curtis Mayfield released his solo debut album Curtis, featuring the gospel-influenced nine minute long Move On Up. At the time Mayfield was still a member of The Impressions, which he didn't officially quit until 1971. Curtis was released on Curtom Records, Mayfield's own label which he started in 1968. In 1974 Move On Up was finally released as a single, however the song didn't make the charts in the US. In 1979 the disco trio Destination released a cover version of Move On Up that was number one on the disco charts for four weeks. Mayfield was one of the first major artists to sing about the struggles in the black community, and he wrote and produced most his own songs - including Move On Up.
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