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Percy Mayfield

voc, 1920-1984 US, Minden
Singer / Musician / Composer / Songwriter of Blues and R&B/Soul

US R&B vocalist and composer (b. August 12, 1920, Minden, Louisiana, d. August 11, 1984, Los Angeles, CA) Though maybe mostly known for penning the classic "Hit the road, Jack", Mayfield himself was a major performer for the Specialty label in the first half of the 50's delivering slow blues ballads with his smokey voice reminding of Charles Brown. His biggest hit was the 1950 "Please Send Me Someone to Love", an R&B standard covered by many singers since then. The good looking Mayfield was nearly killed in a 1952 car accident, that left his face severely scarred and may have had an limiting effect on his career as a performer. In 1961 Ray Charles made his "Hit The Road, Jack" a major hit, and Mayfield was subsequently hired by Charles's Tangerine Records as a songwriter. After a decade in the background, Mayfield had a come back and released several albums late 60's to early 70's on Tangerine and RCA. On these albums Mayfields smokey bariton voice is often heard accompained by top jazz session-players of the era.

  • Blues
  • R&B/Soul
  • Jazz
Popular Tracks   
Louisiana on Poet Of The Blues by Percy Mayfield
Please Send Me Someone To Love on Poet Of The Blues by Percy Mayfield
Hit The Road Jack on Memory Pain, Vol. 2 by Percy Mayfield
My Jug and I on Hit the Road Again by Phillip Walker Blues Band & Percy Mayfield
Prayin' For Your Return on Poet Of The Blues by Percy Mayfield
Lost Love (Baby, Please) on Poet Of The Blues by Percy Mayfield
Hopeless on Poet Of The Blues by Percy Mayfield
You Don't Exist No More on Poet Of The Blues by Percy Mayfield
Hit The Road Jack on I Wanna Go Back by The Ohio State University Marching Band
Laughing And Clowning/To Live The Past - Live In Hollywood / 1968 on The Womack Live by Bobby Womack

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Lost Love: The Singles As & Bs 1947-1962Percy Mayfield2016Compil.
Louisiana / Hit The Road JackPercy Mayfield And Orchestra / Percy Mayfield2012Single
Nightless Lover - The Specialty SidesPercy Mayfield2010Compil.
The Voice Within: The Speciality Singles 1950-55Percy Mayfield2007Compil.
My BluesPercy Mayfield2007Compil.
Blues Laureate :The RCA YearsPercy Mayfield2006Compil.
The Chronological Percy Mayfield 1951-1954Percy Mayfield2005Compil.
The Chronological Percy Mayfield 1947-1951Percy Mayfield2004Compil.
His Tangerine And Atlantic SidesPercy Mayfield2004Compil.
Blues SummitPercy Mayfield With Big Joe Turner1993Compil.
livePercy Mayfield1992Album
Percy Mayfield, Vol. 2: Memory PainPercy Mayfield1992Compil.
Percy Mayfield LivePercy Mayfield1992Album
Poet Of The BluesPercy Mayfield1990Compil.
For Collectors OnlyPercy Mayfield1989Album
Here Comes The BluesPeppermint Harris & Percy Mayfield1989Compil.
My Heart Is Always Singing Sad SongsPercy Mayfield1985Compil.
Hit The Road AgainPercy Mayfield With The Phillip Walker Blues Band1983Album
Please Send Me Someone To LovePercy Mayfield1982Compil.
The Voice WithinPercy Mayfield1982Compil.
I Don't Want To Be The PresidentPercy Mayfield1974Single
Right On Young Americans / The Devil Made Me Do ItPercy Mayfield1972Single
Blues - And Then SomePercy Mayfield1971Album
Bought BluesPercy Mayfield1971Album
The Flirt / California BluesPercy Mayfield1971Single
The Best Of Percy MayfieldPercy Mayfield1970Compil.
To Live The Past / A Lying Woman (Not Trustworthy)Percy Mayfield1970Single
Weakness Is A Thing Called ManPercy Mayfield1970Album
Weakness Is A Thing Called Man / Daddy Wants You To Come On HomePercy Mayfield1970Single
You Wear Your Hair Too Long / The Highway Is Like A WomanPercy Mayfield1970Single
Sings Percy MayfieldPercy Mayfield1970Album
Walking On A TightropePercy Mayfield1969Album
Walking On A TightropePercy Mayfield1968Single
Say You Love Me / Ha Ha In The Daytime, Boo Hoo All Night LongPercy Mayfield1967Single
Don't Start Lying To MePercy Mayfield1967Single
Long As You're MinePercy Mayfield1967Single
My Bottle Is My Companion / My LovePercy Mayfield1967Single
My Jug And IPercy Mayfield1966Album
It's Time To Make A Change / We Both Must CryPercy Mayfield1966Single
Stand By / Fading LovePercy Mayfield1965Single
Give Me Time To ExplainPercy Mayfield1965Single
Stranger In My Own Home Town / Maybe It's Because Of LovePercy Mayfield1964Single
Memory PainPercy Mayfield1964Single
Cookin' In Style / The Hunt Is OnPercy Mayfield1963Single
Never Say Naw / Life SuicidePercy Mayfield1963Single
River's Invitation / Baby PleasePercy Mayfield1963Single
Never No More / I Reached For A TearPercy Mayfield1962Single
When Did You Leave Heaven? / What Must I Do?Percy Mayfield1960Single
My Heart Is A PrisonerPercy Mayfield1959Single
One Love / My RewardPercy Mayfield1959Single
Please Believe Me / Diggin' The MoonglowPercy Mayfield1957Single
Look The Whole World Over / The Bluest BluesPercy Mayfield1956Album
My Heart Is Cryin' / You Were Lyin' To MePercy Mayfield1955Single
Double Dealing / Are You Out There?Percy Mayfield1955Album
The River's Invitation / I Dare You, BabyPercy Mayfield1953Album
Lonesome Highway / My HeartPercy Mayfield1953Album
Louisiana / Two Hearts Are Greater Than OnePercy Mayfield1952Single
Half Awoke / Two Years Of TorturePercy Mayfield, Monroe Tucker And His Orchestra1950Album
Please Send Me Someone To LovePercy Mayfield1950Single
Don't Start Lying To MePercy Mayfield1950Single
Nightless Lover / What A Fool I WasPercy Mayfield1950Album
Blues MastersPercy Mayfield, Johnny Moore's Three BlazersCompil.
Lost Mind / The River's InvitationPercy MayfieldSingle
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