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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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Everytime I hear this song I think about people flying to heaven. And I love the melody and the tune to this song. Taking a road trip and just chilling looking at the scenery on the highway.
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YES LORD!!!
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Some song you just never forget
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VERY NICE!
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Let's do again how sweet is luv this track.
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I want this song played at my funeral... when they carry me out.. I love this song
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sahweise
i dare any one to not tap your feet.
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sahweise
Now this is Music !
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Love. Mavis
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Cool
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Love me some Staple Singers! ❤️
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How can you say. That you love. A country. That gives this type. Gospel.
Yet.
You dislike. Those who made it?
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I remember in 1972 listening to their music when I was a waitress and singing I'll take you there. Lol
Now, am 62 yrs. old and can still get my groove on this song every time I hear it...good tunes!!!
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Golden Ruler!
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When MJ sang "sha mon" he was giving much respect to Mavis Staples. When i learned that i was like Wow how sweet and thoughtful!! !
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This is one song that got folks on the dance floor. An Old School favorite
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COOL
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Words don't cover the depth of those days
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STAX had that extra funk.
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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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