The Impressions are an American music group originally formed in 1958. Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield met while singing in the same Chicago church choir. B Top 30 hit “Come Back My Love”, Butler left the group to go on to a successful solo career. Mayfield wrote a number of Butler’s early solo hits, and used the money to get the Impressions to move to Chicago, Illinois. There, they got a new deal with ABC-Paramount Records in 1961, and released their first post-Butler single. The Impressions returned to Chicago as a trio, and soon aligned themselves with producer Johnny Pate, who helped to update their sound and create a more lush soul sound for the group. In the mid-1960s, the Impressions were compared with Motown acts such as the Temptations, the Miracles, and the Four Tops. 3 singles “Same Thing it Took” and “Sooner or Later”.
Ralph Johnson rejoined that year, as well as new member Vandy Hampton. This lineup recorded with Eric Clapton on his Reptile album. The Impressions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003. Impressions lineup: Sam Gooden, Jerry Butler, Richard Brooks, Curtis Mayfield, Arthur Brooks, and Fred Cash. Mayfield was paralyzed from the neck down after lighting equipment fell on him during a live performance at Wingate Field in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York, on August 13, 1990. Despite this, he continued his career as a recording artist, releasing his final album New World Order in 1997. Johnson left in 2001 and was replaced by Willie Kitchens. B 40 and Soul and Inspiration. Hampton was released in 2003 and died in 2005.
Reggie Torian later returned, replacing Kitchens. In 2011, the Impressions embarked to England for their first ever public performances at Barbican Centre in London and Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, followed by a trip to Madrid, Spain, in 2012. In July 2012, they performed at the official Curtis Mayfield 70th Birthday Tribute Concert at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. Arthur Brooks died on November 22, 2015, at age 82. Reggie Torian died of a heart attack on May 4, 2016, at age 65. Piedmont on December 4, 2016 at age 67. For a detailed listing of the various versions of the group, see Impressions chronology. B trio, with two Chattanooga members, still in the public eye after 50 years”. Archived from the original on 2011-10-08.
Archived from the original on 13 March 2014. Singer-Songwriter Lee Hutson Sues Rapper Young Jeezy Over Alleged Use of “Getting It On” Sample”. For Your Precious Love – The Impressions, feat. Chicago soul great, Mayfield successor Reggie Torian dead at 65″. When We Were Kings DVD Cover art. The film features a number of celebrities, including James Brown, Jim Brown, B. When We Were Kings was released in 1996 to strong reviews, and won the 1996 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. It took Gast 22 years to edit and finance the documentary before it was finally released. The film shows the buildup to the fight. Ali is shown talking about his beliefs regarding Africans and African-Americans, speaking of the inherent dignity of the native Africans and his hopes for African-Americans in the future.
The film shows much of the fight itself, particularly Ali’s famous “rope-a-dope” which caused Foreman to expend too much energy and resulted in his eighth-round knockout. It describes in detail Ali’s repeated use of the “right-hand lead” in the early rounds, a rarely used punch in professional boxing because it opens the boxer up for easy counterattacks, and therefore the punch that Foreman was least prepared for. A soundtrack album was released in 1997. The film won the 1996 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. At the presentation, both Ali and Foreman came up to join the filmmakers to make it clear they had long made peace since that match, with Foreman even helping Ali up the stairs. Rotten Tomatoes page: “When We Were Kings”. NY Times: When We Were Kings”.