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The Staple Singers

The Staples' story goes all the way back to 1915 in Winona, Mississippi, when patriarch Roebuck "Pops" Staples entered the world. A contemporary and familiar of Charley Patton's, Roebuck quickly became adept as a solo blues guitarist, entertaining at local dances and picnics. He was also drawn to the church, and by 1937 he was singing and playing guitar with the Golden Trumpets, a spiritual group based out of Drew, Mississippi. Moving to Chicago four years later, he continued playing gospel music with the Windy City's Trumpet Jubilees. A decade later Pops Staples (as he had become known) presented two of his daughters, Cleotha and Mavis, and his one son, Pervis, in front of a church audience, and the Staple Singers were born.

The Staples recorded in an older, slightly archaic, deeply Southern spiritual style first for United and then for Vee-Jay. Pops and Mavis Staples shared lead vocal chores, with most records underpinned by Pops' heavily reverbed Mississippi cotton-patch guitar. In 1960 the Staples signed with Riverside, a label that specialized in jazz and folk. With Riverside and later Epic, the Staples attempted to move into the then-burgeoning white folk boom. Two Epic releases, "Why (Am I Treated So Bad)" and a cover of Stephen Stills' "For What It's Worth," briefly graced the pop charts in 1967.

In 1968 the Staples signed with Memphis-based Stax. The first two albums, Soul Folk in Action and We'll Get Over, were produced by Steve Cropper and backed by Booker T. & the MG's. The Staples were now singing entirely contemporary "message" songs such as "Long Walk to D.C." and "When Will We Be Paid." In 1970 Pervis Staples left and was replaced by sister Yvonne Staples. Even more significantly, Al Bell took over production chores. Bell took them down the road to Muscle Shoals, and things got decidedly funky.

Starting with "Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom Boom)" and "I'll Take You There," the Staples counted 12 chart hits at Stax. When Stax encountered financial problems, Curtis Mayfield signed the Staples to his Curtom label and produced a number one hit in "Let's Do It Again." The Staples went on to continued chart success, albeit less spectacularly, with Warner, through 1979. One more album followed on 20th Century Fox in 1981. After a three-year hiatus, they signed a two-album deal with Private I and hit the R&B charts five more times, once with an unlikely cover of Talking Heads' "Slippery People."

The Staple Singers found a new audience in 1994 when they teamed with Marty Stuart to perform "The Weight" on the Rhythm, Country & Blues LP for MCA. Sadly, Pops passed away on December 19, 2000, shortly after suffering a concussion due to a fall in his home. Cleotha died in February 2013 after a decade with Alzheimer's disease. Throughout the 2000s and early 2010s, Mavis released excellent solo material for the Alligator and Anti labels. ~ Rob Bowman, Rovi
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Love this Music!!
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Love them
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Awesome
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billcarroll1 7
Close your eyes, listen, your there.
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hardin7j3
Oh yeah let's Do it again Douglas lol
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Now this is music that you don't get tired off its great makes you want to dance
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For all that want to Do It Again please Respect yourself and listen to POPS tell it for real
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annvaughn79
This makes me think of my first time
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annvaughn79
I wanna do it again... Yes sir I sure do.
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Take us all back, way back to the good old days! We grew up on this kind of SOUL..the CLASS OF 78!
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Don't give up, don't back down.
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Touch a hand make a friend if you love one another.
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No one can bring spiritual soul like Mavis.
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I'll take you there!!!!
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Successful
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Take me there
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Love this song
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Twitter: Mavis_Staple s
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rlucas714
Some of the best bass lines ever combined with a message and soulful voices - what a great recipe.
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Good
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In joy The Staple Singers song old school at work
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Always glad too hear Motown hits. SS
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Nobody wont give a damn lol
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If u dont respect urself aint no body gonna respect u truuuuuuu
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Thank u. Thank u
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jrsjrsjrs57
I wish they could just do it again.
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Gone but never forgotten
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Love me some Staple Singers grew up off of them thanks to my Mother buying and playing every Album they came out with RIP Momma I miss You so much August -21-2014
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dan_boatrigh t 4
southern style funk baby
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I'm just 20year-old
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I love this song i take u there
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dmorrone4
Oh yeah, keep it coming.....
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Chilling. Listing to my. Girl Mavis on my. Birthday
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I wish I was back in Shiner Texas miss the home land
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dragonlady60 8 8
SING IT.......... !
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19sandy62
Take me by my hand........ . . . . . . . . . .
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UPCOMING BIRTHDAY WISH TO CHICAGO MARVIS STAPLER MAY GOD BLESS YOU WITH MANY MORE LOVE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND BEAUITFUL MUSIC OVER THE THE YEARS THANK YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FOR MANY SOUNDTRACK MOVIES IN THE 70S SMILE...
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aqilalim21 Truly And Icon .
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Old school music it's been a long time ago hearing from the Staple Singers.... wow my Dad and mom. .play it all the time growing up listening to there music. .....
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My life is
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I will take you there, is the song that turned me onto R&B/ Blues/Funk,, , I havent looked back yet,, I remember I when I heard that song on AM radio,, It stole my heart, and Im still looking for it,,
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the Staple Singers? more than a staple in American Gospel music, perhaps better called Sacred Rhythm & Blues bringers of literal joy to the soul. Thank you all...
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HELLO MS. MARVIS STAPLER LOVE U AND YOUR FAMILY MUSIC AND THANK YOU ALL FOR THE SOUNDTRACK FOR DIFFERANT MOVIES IN THE 70S SMILE....
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Great music and what a great group of people
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OOOOOOWWWWWW W W ! ! ! ! ! :-D =-O :-D =-O :-D =-O :-D =-O :-D!!!
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Go Mississippi
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Weight on me
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The world is a ghetto*978*5 m 1 4 y ~
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The disciples of gospel and soul music. Blessed and sanctified in the word of God. This is the first family of gospel.
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