Memphis “Eddie” Curtis Collection

Institution: Columbia College Chicago - Center for Black Music Research
618 South Michigan
Chicago, Illinois 60605
Phone: (312) 369-7586
Date: 1954-1983
Extent: 3.67 Linear Feet
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Biographical/Historical Note:
Eddie Curtis (a.k.a., Memphis E. Curtis) was a composer, arranger, and singer who was born in Galveston, Texas, on July 17, 1927. He became interested in music at an early age, and by the age of 15, had led his own band. He received his education at the Boston Conservatory of Music, the Berklee School of Music, and UCLA and took private music instruction at Pepperdine University. Curtis composed hundreds of songs, including the R&B hits “Lovey Dovey” (recorded by the Clovers and other artists) and “It Should've Been Me” (made famous by Ray Charles). He also wrote several songs that were recorded by Connie Francis. Curtis died of prostate cancer on August 22, 1983, in New York.

Scope and Content Note:
The Eddie Curtis Papers consist chiefly of manuscript lead sheets of Curtis's original compositions, manuscript scores and parts, and other materials relating to his musical career.

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