Joseph Lucky Scott (Curtis Mayfield)

When Curtis Mayfield left The Impressions to forge his remarkable career as a solo artist, he wisely took the late, great Joseph “Lucky” Scott with him. A self-taught player who did not read a note of music, Lucky created the iconic bass motifs which defined “Freddie’s Dead,”  “Pusherman,” “Superfly,” “We Got to Have Peace,” and “Mighty Mighty” among others.


Digging deep in-the-pocket with occasional harmonic flourishes and a fat Fender tone, Scott intuitively created rhythm and space for Curtis’ to improvise and sing songs which moved a generation – intellectually and physically!    


KYBP Reader David W. Richardson: Big up to a legendary Bass Master, Lucky lives on through the Hip Bass lines he created.


Joseph Lucky Scott Sound & Vision


 “Freddie’s Dead”


“Pusher Man”




“We Got to Have Peace”


“Mighty Mighty”