Release Date

July 11, 1972

“Pusherman” was first released on the soundtrack of the 1972 Blaxploitation film, Super Fly. Curtis Mayfield wrote and produced all the songs on the soundtrack, which went on to be one of the few movie soundtracks to out-gross its associated film. With a pair of million-selling singles, “Freddie’s Dead” and “Superfly,” Curtis Mayfield struck gold in 1972 for the album and in 1973 for the title track. “Pusherman” was recorded at Bell Sound Studios in New York City while the band was on location to make their cameo appearance. It was the only song to be recorded outside of Chicago, and the only song on the album not to feature Morris Jennings on the drums (Tyrone McCullen stepped in for the absent Jennings). Also, “Pusherman” was the only track on the album to be recorded without arranger, Johnny Pate, and a full backing orchestra.