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In addition, he not only wrote and produced his own songs at a time when it was not the norm for R&B/soul musicians (unless you were Smokey Robinson or Sam Cooke), but he also had his own record company Curtom Records, his own music publishing companies Camad and Curtom Publishing Co. that were registered either with ASCAP or BMI and his own recording complex in Chicago called Curtom Studios (formerly RCA Studios).
His tragic accident in 1990 should never have happened and it was very sad that his performing career ended that way. He was not only confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life, but unfortunately, he also could no longer play the guitar.