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Percy Mayfield

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: August 12, 1920 | Died: August 11, 1984    

If Percy Mayfield had done no more than compose “Please Send Me Someone to Love,” he would merit a decent footnote in the history of popular music. A classically proportioned 32-bar blues-ballad with a deceptively simple melody and a lyric that subtly links an individual's yearning for affection with the troubled state of the world, Mayfield's song has been a favorite of saloon-bar singers for the past half-century. Singer-songwriter Percy Mayfield was known as “Poet Laureate of the Blues,” and his widely recorded compositions, have become standards in American popular music.

Born in Minden, Louisiana, Mayfield wrote poems as a boy and set them to music, but because his mother didn't approve of blues, he sang only in church. He left home at 15 and hoboed around the country on freight trains before settling in Los Angeles in 1942....
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    The Chronological Percy Mayfield: 1947-1951

    Columbia
    2004
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    Blues - And Then Some

    Columbia
    1971
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    To Live The Past / A Lying Woman (Not Trustworthy)

    Columbia
    1970
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    When Did You Leave Heaven? / What Must I Do?

    Columbia
    1960
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