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Roebuck "Pops" Staples (Dec. 28, 1914 – Dec. 19, 2000), was the patriarch of the Staples family (aka The Staples Singers): daughters Mavis, Yvonne, and Cleotha and son Pervis. Roebuck sang and played a highly distinctive style of guitar, mixing acoustic, bluesy techniques (fingerpicking, bending notes in the manner of Mississippi Delta blues guitarists such as Charley Patton, Son House, and Garfield Akers) with amplified effects (principally tremolo, reminiscent of fellow Mississippi native Bo Diddley) on the electric guitar to produce… read more

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