People Get Ready (song)

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"People Get Ready"
Single by The Impressions
from the album People Get Ready
Released1965
Format7" single
RecordedChicago: 1964
GenreSoul
Length2:38
LabelABC-Paramount
10622
Writer(s)Curtis Mayfield
ProducerJohnny Pate
The Impressions singles chronology
"Amen"
(1964)
"People Get Ready"
(1965)
"Woman's Got Soul"
(1965)
 
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"People Get Ready"
Single by The Impressions
from the album People Get Ready
Released1965
Format7" single
RecordedChicago: 1964
GenreSoul
Length2:38
LabelABC-Paramount
10622
Writer(s)Curtis Mayfield
ProducerJohnny Pate
The Impressions singles chronology
"Amen"
(1964)
"People Get Ready"
(1965)
"Woman's Got Soul"
(1965)

"People Get Ready" was a 1965 single by The Impressions, and the title track from the album of the same name. The single is today the group's best-known hit, reaching number-three on the Billboard R&B Chart and number 14 on the Billboard Pop Chart. The gospel-influenced track was a Curtis Mayfield composition, and displayed the growing sense of social and political awareness in his writing.

Rolling Stone magazine named "People Get Ready" the 24th greatest song of all time and also placed it at number 20 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. The song was included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. "People Get Ready" has also been chosen as one of the Top 10 Best Songs Of All Time by a panel of 20 top industry songwriters and producers, including Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Hal David, and others as reported to Britain's Mojo music magazine, and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 .

Mayfield said, "That was taken from my church or from the upbringing of messages from the church. Like there's no hiding place and get on board, and images of that sort. I must have been in a very deep mood of that type of religious inspiration when I wrote that song." The song is the first Impressions hit to feature Mayfield's guitar in the break.[1]

Cover versions[edit]

It has been covered by many musicians, including:

Bob Dylan has recorded three different known versions of the song in three different decades. Dylan recorded the song with The Band in 1967 during the famed Basement Tapes Sessions. This version has never been officially released, but is widely available on the various bootlegs of The Basement Tapes. He recorded a second version in 1975, which was released in 1978 on a four song promotional record for his film Renaldo and Clara. That version was one of the 42 rarities on the iTunes anthology of Dylan's output. Dylan recorded a third version in 1988 for the film Flashback.

Canadian country music singer Michelle Wright covered the song on the 1997 compilation album Peace in the Valley. Her version peaked at #49 on the RPM Adult Contemporary charts.

In 2000, guitarist Eric Essix covered the song from his album Southbound.[3][4]

In 2009, country music star Ronnie Milsap covered the song on his gospel album Then Sings My Soul.[5]

At the 25th anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert, Jeff Beck and Sting performed a cover version of "People Get Ready." Sting sang lyrics that were more Universalist than the original version.

On Season 9 of American Idol, Crystal Bowersox sang this song to rave reviews from the panel of judges.

Country band Exile did a cover on an EP in 2010 entitled People Get Ready. The EP is a remastered version of a download only EP released on their website in 2008 titled Reunion.

The piano melody of the song was also sampled in the Macklemore song "Same Love".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robert Pruter, Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions, The Anthology, 1961-1977, liner notes
  2. ^ Discogs - Jeff Beck And Rod Stewart – People Get Ready
  3. ^ "Southbound overview". Allmusic.com. 
  4. ^ "Contempo June 2001". SmoothVibes.com. 
  5. ^ "Jon Bon Jovi, Queen Latifah go gospel for "Day"". Reuters. March 27, 2009. 

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