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Staple Singers - Let's Do It Again
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The Staple Singers - I
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Published: 2011/01/22
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The Staple Singers   Respect Yourself Live Filmed Performance 1972
The Staple Singers Respect Yourself Live Filmed Performance 1972
Published: 2011/06/26
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The Staple Singers - If You
The Staple Singers - If You're Ready (Come Go with Me)
Published: 2012/11/09
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I
I'm Coming Home - The Staple Singers (1959)
Published: 2011/09/01
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Staple Singers - Lets Do It Again
Staple Singers - Lets Do It Again
Published: 2013/05/17
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IF YOU
IF YOU'RE READY / THE STAPLE SINGERS
Published: 2010/02/02
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The Staples Singers Come Go With Me SoulTrainT
The Staples Singers Come Go With Me SoulTrainT
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The Staple Singers - Respect Yourself
The Staple Singers - Respect Yourself
Published: 2012/11/09
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The Staple Singers Perform "Respect Yourself" and "I
The Staple Singers Perform "Respect Yourself" and "I'll Take You There" at the 1999 Inductions
Published: 2013/04/01
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The Staple Singers | Sit down servant
The Staple Singers | Sit down servant
Published: 2013/04/15
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The Staple Singers - I
The Staple Singers - I'll Take You There (Official Lyric Video)
Published: 2017/05/10
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The Band - The Last Waltz - The Weight feat. the staples singers
The Band - The Last Waltz - The Weight feat. the staples singers
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Uncloudy Day - The Staple Singers (1956)
Uncloudy Day - The Staple Singers (1956)
Published: 2011/09/01
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The Staple Singers-People Get Ready
The Staple Singers-People Get Ready
Published: 2010/06/23
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I
I'll Take You There - Staple Singers
Published: 2015/02/05
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The Staple Singers - A Hard Rain
The Staple Singers - A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall
Published: 2010/12/31
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THE STAPLE SINGERS - I
THE STAPLE SINGERS - I'LL TAKE YOU THERE. TV PERFORMANCE 1971.
Published: 2011/08/06
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LET
LET'S DO IT AGAIN (Original Full-Length Album Version) - Staple Singers
Published: 2009/01/26
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Staple Singers - Slippery People (Live)
Staple Singers - Slippery People (Live)
Published: 2013/08/16
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The Staple Singers - I
The Staple Singers - I'll Take You There (1972)
Published: 2009/09/11
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The Weight by THE STAPLE SINGERS
The Weight by THE STAPLE SINGERS
Published: 2012/03/04
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The Staple Singers - I
The Staple Singers - I'll Take You There
Published: 2015/09/17
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The Staple Singers - Touch A Hand (Make A Friend)
The Staple Singers - Touch A Hand (Make A Friend)
Published: 2012/11/09
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The Staple Singers - After Sex
The Staple Singers - After Sex
Published: 2011/08/12
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Staple Singers - Why Am I Treated So Bad
Staple Singers - Why Am I Treated So Bad
Published: 2007/08/30
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THIS WORLD Staple Singers
THIS WORLD Staple Singers
Published: 2011/10/28
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The Staple Singers   I
The Staple Singers I'll Take You There Soul Train 1972
Published: 2017/04/22
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Go Tell It On The Mountain by The Staple Singers from The 25th Day Of December
Go Tell It On The Mountain by The Staple Singers from The 25th Day Of December
Published: 2017/11/21
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The Last Month Of The Year by The Staple Singers from The 25th Day Of December
The Last Month Of The Year by The Staple Singers from The 25th Day Of December
Published: 2017/11/21
Channel: Concord Music
Joy To The World by The Staple Singers from The 25th Day Of December
Joy To The World by The Staple Singers from The 25th Day Of December
Published: 2017/11/21
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There Was A Star by The Staple Singers from The 25th Day Of December
There Was A Star by The Staple Singers from The 25th Day Of December
Published: 2017/11/21
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Wasn
Wasn't That A Mighty Day by The Staple Singers from The 25th Day Of December
Published: 2017/11/21
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The Staple Singers- Let
The Staple Singers- Let's Do It Again lyrics
Published: 2011/09/04
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Holy Unto The Lord by The Staple Singers from The 25th Day Of December
Holy Unto The Lord by The Staple Singers from The 25th Day Of December
Published: 2017/11/21
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The Staple Singers - This May be the Last Time
The Staple Singers - This May be the Last Time
Published: 2008/06/26
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Staple Singers -- Gospel Songs from Their First LP Album 1959
Staple Singers -- Gospel Songs from Their First LP Album 1959
Published: 2009/04/28
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If You
If You're Ready(Come Go With Me)-The Staple Singers
Published: 2009/09/09
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The Savior Is Born by The Staple Singers from The 25th Day Of December
The Savior Is Born by The Staple Singers from The 25th Day Of December
Published: 2017/11/21
Channel: Concord Music
The Staple Singers ~ Let
The Staple Singers ~ Let's Do It Again
Published: 2011/08/06
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O Little Town Of Bethlehem by The Staple Singers from The 25th Day Of December
O Little Town Of Bethlehem by The Staple Singers from The 25th Day Of December
Published: 2017/11/21
Channel: Concord Music
The Staple Singers - Are You Sure?
The Staple Singers - Are You Sure?
Published: 2011/03/04
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No Room At The Inn by The Staple Singers from The 25th Day Of December
No Room At The Inn by The Staple Singers from The 25th Day Of December
Published: 2017/11/21
Channel: Concord Music
The Staple Singers - Reach Out, Touch A Hand, Make A Friend [+Interview] Soul Train 1974
The Staple Singers - Reach Out, Touch A Hand, Make A Friend [+Interview] Soul Train 1974
Published: 2014/06/06
Channel: MyRhythmNSoulTV
Silent Night by The Staple Singers from The 25th Day Of December
Silent Night by The Staple Singers from The 25th Day Of December
Published: 2017/11/21
Channel: Concord Music
Vintage STAPLES-Wade In The Water
Vintage STAPLES-Wade In The Water
Published: 2009/02/02
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The Staple Singers - We The People (Soul Train 1974)
The Staple Singers - We The People (Soul Train 1974)
Published: 2014/06/06
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soul 70s 80s - The Staple Singers - Respect Yourself
soul 70s 80s - The Staple Singers - Respect Yourself
Published: 2013/05/31
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The Virgin Mary Had One Son by The Staple Singers from The 25th Day Of December
The Virgin Mary Had One Son by The Staple Singers from The 25th Day Of December
Published: 2017/11/21
Channel: Concord Music
Sweet Little Jesus Boy by The Staple Singers from The 25th Day Of December
Sweet Little Jesus Boy by The Staple Singers from The 25th Day Of December
Published: 2017/11/21
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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
Origin Chicago, Illinois
United States
Genres
Years active 1948–1994
Labels United 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 acts Curtis 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. Roebuck "Pops" Staples (1914–2000), the patriarch of the family, formed the group with his children Cleotha (1934–2013), Pervis (b. 1935), and Mavis (b. 1939). Yvonne (b. 1936) replaced her brother when he was drafted into the U.S. Army, and again in 1970. 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.

History[edit]

Roebuck moved from Mississippi to Chicago after his marriage, and worked in steel mills and meat packing plants while his family of four children grew up.[1] The family began appearing in Chicago-area churches in 1948. Their first public singing appearance was at the Mount Zion Church, Chicago, where Roebuck's brother, the Rev. Chester Staples, was pastor.[2] They signed their first professional contract in 1952.[3] During their early career, they recorded in an acoustic gospel-folk style with various labels: United Records, Vee-Jay Records (their "Uncloudy Day" and "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" were best sellers), Checker Records, Riverside Records, and then Epic Records in 1965. "Uncloudy Day" was an early influence on Bob Dylan, who said of it in 2015, "It was the most mysterious thing I'd ever heard... I'd think about them even at my school desk...Mavis looked to be about the same age as me in her picture (on the cover of "Uncloudy Day")...Her singing just knocked me out...And Mavis was a great singer—deep and mysterious. And even at the young age, I felt that life itself was a mystery."[4]

The Staples move to Epic saw a run of albums, including the live in-church Freedom Highway album produced by Billy Sherrill; the title track of which was a civil rights movement protest song penned by Pop Staples. It was on Epic that the Staple Singers developed a style more accessible to mainstream audiences, with "Why (Am I Treated So Bad)" and "For What It's Worth" (Stephen Stills) in 1967. In 1968, the Staple Singers signed to Stax Records and released two albums with Steve CropperSoul Folk in Action and We'll Get Over, Pervis returning for them.[5] After Cropper left Stax, Al Bell produced their recordings, conducting the rhythm sessions at the famed Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and cutting the overdubs himself at Memphis's Ardent Studios,[6] moving in a more funk and soul direction.

The Staple Singers' first Stax hit was "Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom-Boom)" in early 1971. Their late 1971 recording of "Respect Yourself", written by Luther Ingram and Mack Rice, peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard R&B chart and No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. Both hits sold over one million copies and were each awarded a gold disc by the RIAA.[7] The song's theme of self-empowerment had universal appeal, released in the period immediately following the intense American civil rights movement of the 1960s. In 1972, "I'll Take You There" topped both Billboard charts.[8] In 1973, "If You're Ready (Come Go With Me)" reached No. 9 on the Hot 100 and No. 1 on the R&B chart.

After Stax's 1975 bankruptcy, The Staple Singers signed to Curtis Mayfield's label, Curtom Records, and released "Let's Do It Again", produced by Mayfield; the song became their second No. 1 pop hit in the U.S., and the album was also successful. In 1976, they collaborated with The Band for their film The Last Waltz, performing on the song "The Weight" (which The Staple Singers had previously covered on their first Stax album). However, they were not able to regain their momentum, releasing only occasional minor hits. The 1984 album Turning Point featured a cover of the Talking Heads' "Slippery People" (it reached the Top 5 on the Dance chart). In 1994, they again performed the song "The Weight" with country music artist Marty Stuart for MCA Nashville's Rhythm, Country and Blues compilation, somewhat re-establishing an audience. The song "Respect Yourself" was used by Spike Lee in the soundtrack to his movie Crooklyn, made in 1994.

In 1999, The Staple Singers was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Pops Staples died of complications from a concussion suffered in December 2000. In 2005, the group was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Mavis Staples has continued to carry on the family tradition and continues to add her vocal talents to both the projects of other artists and her own solo ventures. She appeared at Glastonbury in 2015, and her 2016 album Livin' on a High Note includes a simple acoustic version of a Martin Luther King sermon in the track "MLK Song".[9] Cleotha Staples died in Chicago on February 21, 2013, after suffering from Alzheimer's disease for over a decade.[10]

Documentary[edit]

The 2015 documentary film Mavis! recounts the history of The Staple Singers and follows Mavis Staples' solo career after Pops Staples' death. Directed by Jessica Edwards, the film premiered at the 2015 South by Southwest Film Festival and was broadcast by HBO in February, 2016.

Discography[edit]

Early albums[edit]

  • Uncloudy Day (Vee Jay 1959)
  • Swing Low Sweet Chariot (Vee Jay 1961)
  • Gospel Program (Epic 1961)
  • Hammers And Nails (Epic 1962)
  • Great Day (Epic 1963)
  • 25th Day Of December (Epic 1963)
  • Spirituals (Epic 1965)
  • Amen (Epic 1965)
  • Freedom Highway (Epic 1965)
  • Why (Epic 1966)
  • This Little Light (Epic 1966)
  • For What It's Worth (Epic 1967)
  • Amen (Epic 1967)
  • Pray On (Stax 1968)
  • Soul Folk in Action (Stax 1968)
  • We'll Get Over (Stax 1970)

Source:[11]

Charted albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Record label
US
[12]
US
R&B

[12]
CAN
[13]
1971 The Staple Swingers 117 9 Stax
1972 Be Altitude: Respect Yourself 19 3 72
1973 Be What You Are 102 13
1974 City in the Sky 125 13
1975 Let's Do It Again 20 1 87 Curtom
1976 Pass It On 155 20 Warner Bros.
1977 Family Tree 58
1978 Unlock Your Mind 34
1984 Turning Point 43 Private I
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Charted singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions
US
[12]
US
R&B

[12]
CAN
[13]
UK
[14]
1967 "Why? (Am I Treated So Bad)" 95
"For What It's Worth" 66
1970 "Love Is Plentiful" 31
1971 "Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom Boom)" 27 6 60
"You've Got to Earn It" 97 11
"Respect Yourself" 12 2 17
1972 "I'll Take You There" 1 1 21 20
"This World" 38 6 85
1973 "Oh La De Da" 33 4
"Be What You Are" 66 18
"If You're Ready (Come Go with Me)" 9 1 79 27
1974 "Touch a Hand, Make a Friend" 23 3 33
"City in the Sky" 79 4
"My Main Man" 76 18
1975 "Let's Do It Again" 1 1 7
1976 "New Orleans" 70 4 84
"Love Me, Love Me, Love Me" 11
1977 "Sweeter Than the Sweet" 52
"See a Little Further (Than My Bed)" 77
1978 "I Honestly Love You" 68
"Unlock Your Mind" 16
1979 "Chica Boom" 82
1984 "H-A-T-E (Don't Live Here Anymore)" 46
"Slippery People" 109 22
"This Is Our Night" 50
1985 "Are You Ready?" 39
"Nobody Can Make It on Their Own" 89
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gary Kramer, Liner notes to Riverside l.p. Hammer and Nails, 1962.
  2. ^ H.R.R. Liner notes to original Vee Jay l.p. Uncloudy Day, 1959.
  3. ^ Preiser, David (2002). Uncloudy Day [CD liner notes]. New York: Koch Jazz.
  4. ^ Interview with Bob Dylan. i newspaper (London) Feb 3rd 2015
  5. ^ Liner notes to Stax LPs Soul Folk in Action, 1968 and We'll Get Over, 1969
  6. ^ Rob Bowman Stax: 50th Anniversary Celebration (Beverly Hills) 2007, and see also Rob Bowman Soulsville USA: The Story of Stax Records there cited
  7. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 303. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  8. ^ Billboard Publications Inc. Billboard R&B/Soul and Billboard Hot 100 charts, 10.9.1971 and 4.1.1972, cited by Rob Bowman, above
  9. ^ The Times newspaper, (London) 19 February 2016
  10. ^ Obituaries, The New York Times 24 February 2013; The Guardian newspaper (London), 24 February 2013
  11. ^ The Encyclopedia of Popular Music - Page 3105 0857125958 Colin Larkin - 2011
  12. ^ a b c d "US Charts > Staple Singers". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  13. ^ a b "CAN Charts > Staple Singers". RPM. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  14. ^ Daffyd Rees, Barry Lazell & Roger Osborne 40 Years of New Musical Express Charts (London) 1992. Entries for June 17th 1972 & July 6th 1974.

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