The Staple Singers

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The Staple Singers
Staple Singers on Soul Train.jpg
The Staple Singers with Soul Train host Don Cornelius in 1974.
Background information
OriginChicago, Illinois
United States
Genres
Years active1948–1994
LabelsUnited Records, Vee-Jay Records, Checker Records, Riverside Records, Stax Records, Epic Records, Columbia Records, Discos CBS, CBS Records, American Recording Company, Curtom Records, United Artists Records WEA, Warner Bros., Atlantic Records, Sony Music Records.
Associated actsCurtis Mayfield, Steve Cropper, Booker T & the MG's, The Ross Singers
Past members
Roebuck "Pops" Staples
Cleotha Staples
Mavis Staples
Pervis Staples
Yvonne Staples

The Staple Singers were an American gospel, soul and R&B singing group.

Members[change | change source]

Roebuck "Pops" Staples (1914–2000), the founder of the family group, formed the group with his children Cleotha (1934–2013), Pervis (b. 1935), and Mavis (b. 1939). Yvonne (1936–2018[1]) replaced her brother when he was drafted into the U.S. Army, and again in 1970.

Songs[change | change source]

They are best known for their 1970s hits "Respect Yourself", "I'll Take You There", "If You're Ready (Come Go with Me)", and "Let's Do It Again", which with one exception ("I'll Take You There") peaked on the Hot 100 within a week from Christmas Day. While the family name is Staples, the group used "Staple" commercially.

Awards[change | change source]

In 1999, The Staple Singers was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2005, the group was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Staple Singers were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2018.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. O'Donnell, Maureen. "Yvonne Staples of the Staples Singers dies at 80". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  2. "Staple Singers". Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Retrieved 5 April 2018.

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