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Song Author: Curtis Mayfield
Year Recorded: 1964
People Get Ready (song)

Single by The Impressions
from the album People Get Ready
Released 1965
Format 7" single
Recorded Chicago: 1964
Genre Soul
Length 2:38
Label ABC-Paramount
Writer(s) Curtis Mayfield
Producer Johnny Pate

"People Get Ready" was a 1965 single by The Impressions, and the title track from the album of the same name.

The single is today the group's best-known hit, reaching number-three on the Billboard R&B Chart and number 14 on the Billboard Pop Chart.

The gospel-influenced track was a Curtis Mayfield composition, and displayed the growing sense of social and political awareness in his writing.

Rolling Stone magazine named "People Get Ready" the 24th greatest song of all time and also placed it at number 20 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.

The song was included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

"People Get Ready" has also been chosen as one of the Top 10 Best Songs Of All Time by a panel of 20 top industry songwriters and producers, including Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Hal David, and others as reported to Britain's Mojo music magazine, and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 .

Cover versions:

It has been covered by many musicians, including:

Alexander Zonjic
Al Green & Heather Headley
Alicia Keys
Aretha Franklin on her album Lady Soul (1968)
Barbara Dickson (1976)
Blind Boys of Alabama
Bob Marley (as "One Love")
Bob Dylan with The Band in a Basement Tapes session (unreleased). See note at bottom of page.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, as a intro/coda for their song, "Land of Hopes and Dreams"
Christian band NewSong have also done their own version of the song, with slightly modified lyrics
"Craven" Tj Jeter
Dandy Livingstone
Dionne Warwick
Dolly Parton and Cher (1978, television special)
Dusty Springfield
Ed Motta
Eva Cassidy
George Benson
George Lynch
Glee Cast
Glen Campbell on his 1970 album Oh Happy Day
Greg Lake, 2012 tour
Hanaregumi, mixing original English and Japanese-translated lyrics
Hed PE
Human Nature
Jackson Greenhorn
James Booker
Jeff Beck and Joss Stone
Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart (this version reached #48 in the US)
Jeff Beck and Sting (2009)
Jeff Beck and Roger Taylor (2011)
Jimmy Little
John Denver
John Mayer (as Waiting on the World to Change
Johnny Rivers
John Oates
Jonathan Edwards
Joss Stone and Lyfe Jennings
Kenny Rankin
Kevin Max
Kruger Brothers
Ladysmith Black Mambazo (with Phoebe Snow)
Larry Norman
Liz Longley
Maceo Parker
Margaret Becker
Michael Kaeshammer (as an instrumental from the album 'Kaeshammer')
Michelle Wright
Neville Brothers
Oficina G3
Patrick Yandall
Paul Carrack
Petula Clark
Phil Collins
Pops Staples
Rod Stewart
Purple Soul
Ryan Shaw
Shawn Lane
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
Steve Perry
Susan Alcorn as a pedal steel instrumental
Take 6.
Taylor Hicks
Terry Callier
The Blind Boys of Alabama (with Ben Harper)
The Chambers Brothers Flip side of "Time"
The Doors
The Everly Brothers
The Housemartins on their album London 0 Hull 4
The Idea of North
The Meters
The Walker Brothers
Tony Carey
Trin-i-tee 5:7
U2 (starting on The Joshua Tree Tour)
Vanilla Fudge
Ziggy Marley