Views: 63,393
Comments: 18
Posted: 2009 10-31


Artist or Show

You are not currently tracking Jeff Beck

this artist

You are not currently tracking Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Concert

this show


Artist Vitals
Total Clips126
Active Streams52
Missing Streams74
Commercially Available65
Artist RP Ranking63%
If you are a copyright holder of this video and believe that this content infringes your intellectual property rights, please submit a Notice of Claimed Infringement.


This video is provided and hosted from a third-party server. RockPeaks is not responsible for any activities originating with such third-party server. If you believe this linked content infringes your intellectual property rights, please click the flag icon above and follow the instructions.

YouTube Uploader: Oliver Zoquier
Oliver Zoquier
Retrieved from Wikipedia:
People Get Ready on Wikipedia
"People Get Ready"
People Get Ready single.jpg
Single by The Impressions
from the album People Get Ready
Format7" single
RecordedChicago: 1964
Writer(s)Curtis Mayfield
Producer(s)Johnny Pate
The Impressions singles chronology

"People Get Ready" is a 1965 single by the Impressions, and the title track from the People Get Ready album. The single is 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 that 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" was named as one of the Top 10 Best Songs Of All Time by Mojo music magazine, and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2016, the song was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry due to its "cultural, historic, or artistic significance."[1]

Various artists have covered the song, including Rod Stewart & Jeff Beck in 1985. The Australian group Human Nature had a minor hit in Australia with their version in 1997.


  • 1 Composition
  • 2 Reception and legacy
  • 3 Cover versions
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


The gospel-influenced track was written and composed by Curtis Mayfield, who displayed the growing sense of social and political awareness in his writing. Mayfield said,

That was taken from my church or from the upbringing of messages from the church. Like there's no hiding place and get on board, and images of that sort. I must have been in a very deep mood of that type of religious inspiration when I wrote that song.

The song is the first Impressions hit to feature Mayfield's guitar in the break.[2]

People Get Ready is in a long tradition of Black American freedom songs to use the train imagery - other examples are Wade in the Water, The Gospel Train, and Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. The imagery comes from the Underground Railroad, not a real train but an escape route North to freedom for escaped slaves in America pre-civil war, with conductors such as Harriet Tubman going back time and again to the South to show people the route of the "railroad."

Reception and legacy

The single reached #3 on the Billboard R&B Chart and #14 on the Billboard Pop Chart.

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" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998, and selected as one of the ten best songs of all time by a panel of 20 songwriters, including Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Hal David, for Britain's Mojo music magazine in 2000.[3]

Cover versions

The song became a classic that has influenced a wide range of artists from white country singers through British, American and Australian pop and rock artists to reggae star Bob Marley.[4] Bob Dylan recorded it twice; first in 1967 during the sessions that later became The Basement Tapes, and again in 1989 for the soundtrack to Flashback.[5] One of the most well-known covers is by Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart in 1985,[6] which gained considerable airplay on album rock and classic rock radio stations and had a popular video on MTV.[citation needed] The interpretation featured Beck's guitar carrying the melody with Stewart's signature raspy vocal set against that. It also represented a brief reunion between the two 1960s band mates, and they would perform the song again during intermittent one-off reunions in later years. Another famous version by Stewart was recorded in 1993 where he was joined by Ronnie Wood for a session of MTV Unplugged. This version appears on the album Unplugged...and Seated.

Canadian country music singer Michelle Wright covered the song on the 1997 compilation album Peace in the Valley.[7] Bruce Springsteen used "People Get Ready" as the basis for his 1999/2000 songs "Land of Hope and Dreams" and "My City of Ruins" and sometimes interpolates or uses as a coda "People Get Ready" in performances of them. John Mayer's 2006 song "Waiting on the World to Change" is also based on "People Get Ready". Greg Lake (King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer) included it in tribute to its influence on his career on his "Songs of a Lifetime" solo tour. Singer Eva Cassidy covered the song in her 1996 album titled, "Live At Blues Alley" (Blix Street Records).

Earlier recordings include those by The Chambers Brothers on their 1967 album The Time Has Come, Vanilla Fudge on their 1967 self-titled album, Petula Clark on her 1970 album "Memphis" produced by Chips Moman, Aretha Franklin on her 1968 album Lady Soul, George Benson on his 1969 album Goodies, and Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee on their 1973 album Sonny & Brownie. Boogie-woogie pianist Michael Kaeshammer and his band recorded an instrumental version of this song, which appears on his 2011 album Kaeshammer. Human Nature released "People Get Ready" as the 5th and final single from their Telling Everybody album in 1997.[8] It reached number 35 on the Australian chart.[9]

The Blind Boys of Alabama covered the song on their 2002 album "Higher Ground".

Paul McCartney based "Anyway" on "People Get Ready" for his 2005 album Chaos and Creation in the Backyard

South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo covered the song on their 1997 album Heavenly.

Brazilian Christian rock band Oficina G3 covered the song on their 2008 album Depois da Guerra.

The main instrumental melody on "People Get Ready" was sampled by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis in their hit song "Same Love", which is a pro-gay anthem.

Bob Dylan's cover of the song was included in his 1978 movie Renaldo and Clara.[10]


  1. ^ "New Entries to National Recording Registry | News Releases - Library of Congress". Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  2. ^ Robert Pruter, Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions, The Anthology, 1961-1977, liner notes
  3. ^ Gregg, Jonathan (12 July 2000). "So, What Are Your Ten Best Songs of All Time?". 
  4. ^ "Song Inspired by March on Washington Carries Enduring Message". 
  5. ^ Marquse, Mike (4 Jan 2011). Wicked Messenger: Bob Dylan and the 1960s; Chimes of Freedom. Seven Stories Press. p. 123. 
  6. ^ Discogs - Jeff Beck And Rod Stewart – People Get Ready
  7. ^ "Reviews". Billboard: 83. 22 Feb 1997. 
  8. ^ "Book Human Nature - National Feature Acts - National Names". BBC Entertainment. Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  9. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Human Nature - People Get Ready". Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  10. ^ Dylan, Bob; Dylan, Sara; Baez, Joan; Hawkins, Ronnie (1978-01-25), Renaldo and Clara, retrieved 2017-02-27 

External links

  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

Complete Video List

Sort By:
          Enter your Rock Peaks username.
          Enter the password that accompanies your username.
          Forgot Password?

          Not a Member Yet?


          It's Free!