Percy Mayfield

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Percy Mayfield

Birth
Minden, Webster Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 11 Aug 1984 (aged 63)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 9785435 · View Source
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Songwriter. Renowned writer of popular, blues and rhythm and blues music. Aptly nicknamed, "The Poet Laureate of the Blues", Percy penned several songs that have become standards in the genre over the years. The artist list is countless that have performed or recorded his biggest hit, "Please Send Me Someone To Love", a song that is begging for world peace rather than it's mistaken intention of unrequited love. He never wanted to be a performer but wished to remain behind the lights as a song writer and producer but when he started out peddling his songs early in his career to different record companies, they insisted that he perform them, rather than assigning them to other artists and Percy finally acquiesced to their demands and became a powerful performer, despite his doubts about his talents on stage and in a recording studio. His slow, swaying on stage, while singing his beautiful ballads, always had the ladies swooning over him and he was an instant success. In 1952, at the height of his popularity, Percy was returning to Los Angeles from Las Vegas with his entourage in his brand new Chrysler with his chauffer and assistant at the wheel. It was a dark night with several hills on the old highway that was used back then. When they topped a hill and began their descent, a large truck was stalled in the middle of the lane and his car plowed into the back of the truck at about 60mph. Percy was in the front passenger seat and was thrown forward as the engine came through the firewall, striking him in the face. Percy was actually pronounced dead at the scene until rescuers heard him moaning. He was horribly disfigured as a result and convalesced for over two years before regaining his spirit to return to performing. In 1962, Ray Charles hired him as a staff writer for his newly formed record label, Tangerine. Percy's many hits include, "Please Send Me Someone To Love", "Hit The Road Jack", "Lost Mind", River's Invitation", "My Jug And I" and "Sticks And Stones" to name a few.

Bio by: Dan Pollock


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Dan Pollock
  • Added: 9 Nov 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9785435
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Percy Mayfield (12 Aug 1920–11 Aug 1984), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9785435, citing Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .