Music Pathways to honor The Impressions next Tuesday

Fred Cash, standing, and Sam Gooden work in the studio with Curtis Mayfield, one of the original memberrs of the Impressions who left in 1970 for a solo career.

The Impressions, including Chattanoogans Fred Cash and Sam Gooden, will be honored by the state of Tennessee with the installation of a Tennessee Music Pathways marker on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center.

Attending the event will be Cash and Gooden, as well as family members of the late Curtis Mayfied, including his wife Altheida and son Cheaa Mayfield. Mayfield passed away in 1999 and was a member of the group almost 12 years, leaving them in 1970.

He is credited with adding a social conscious to their songs, including hits such as "People Get Ready." Gooden was a founding member of the group and Cash joined six months after it formed after he turned 18.


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