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Chicago, United States (1948 – 1994)

The Staple Singers were an American gospel, soul, and R&B singing group from Chicago who signed their first professional contract in 1952. Roebuck “Pops” Staples (1914–2000), the patriarch of the family, formed the group with his children Cleotha (1934–2013), Pervis (b. 1935), Yvonne (b. 1936), and Mavis (b. 1939). They are best-remembered 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”. In 1999 the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2005 the group was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

The family began appearing in Chicago-area churches in 1948, and signed their first professional contract in 1952. They signed with United Records, then Vee-Jay, Riverside, Epic and, eventually, the black-owned indie Stax Records label where they hit their most fertile commercial peak.

In 1967, on Columbia subsidiary Epic, the Staple Singers first began moving into mainstream pop markets with “Why (Am I Treated So Bad)” and “For What It’s Worth” (written by Stephen Stills). In 1968, the Staple Singers signed to Stax and released two albums recorded with Steve Cropper of Booker T & The MG’s fame - Soul Folk in Action and We’ll Get Over. By 1970, Al Bell had become producer, and the family began recording at the famed Muscle Shoals studio, moving in a more funk and soul direction. The first Stax hit was “Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom Boom)”. In 1972, the group had a No. 1 hit in the United States with “I’ll Take You There.” Their 1972 recording on Stax of “Respect Yourself,” written by Luther Ingram and Mack Rice, was number 2 on the R&B charts and a pop hit as well.


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  • gaahdicksonia

    I'll Take You There have the same riddim that The Liquidator (instrumental boss reggae by Harry J All Stars)

    21 Jan 5:47pm Reply
  • KeithJones

    RIP Cleotha Staples

    23 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Druid66

    The Staples family has given so much good stuff. "Heavy makes you happy", indeed.

    22 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Snow1nJuly

    good song

    25 Apr 2011 Reply
  • bedvelvet

    God sent voices.

    18 Mar 2011 Reply
  • jazzthieve

    My guide into soul and gospel

    14 Nov 2010 Reply
  • latreasemayfiel

    becareful of the stones tht u throw tha best song iv ever heard by the staple singers...

    5 Oct 2010 Reply
  • ShiningStar911

    ♥♪♥♥ The Staple Singers ♥♥♫♥

    16 Aug 2010 Reply
  • mendress99

    Where is Long Walk to D.C.?

    15 Aug 2010 Reply
  • ravinglunachick

    OH MY GOD It's HIM!!! From David Byrne's movie "True Stories" I fell in love w/him much soul....OH I FEEL IT!!!! =) Whew!

    13 Apr 2010 Reply
  • LiamGallagher

    thats proper singin

    31 Jan 2010 Reply
  • jinxnscooter

    THANK GAWD FOR THE STAPLE SINGERS!!!! pops staples is my hero...

    27 Oct 2009 Reply
  • BackNDaDay90

    Love them! My grandma says we're related to them in some way.

    14 Sep 2009 Reply
  • AaronMcD

    yes i'm r.............

    1 May 2009 Reply
  • seniorbabi2009

    I love this song it reminds me of my grandmother who used to sing this to me when I was four years old. so yeah it brings back some good memories.

    23 Apr 2009 Reply
  • bryantee

    Muscle Shoals!

    27 Feb 2009 Reply
  • luckylollyme

    I love Mavis Staples voice

    6 Feb 2009 Reply
  • noisefuljoy

    This is a bolt of truth, powered by the holy spirit. Something real in a world of BS. Please check out Marty Stuart's "Soul's Chapel" album. It is a tribute to Pops Staple, and features Pop's guitar, and Mavis guests on a track or two. It is a masterpiece.

    21 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Ton87

    Waaaade in the waaaater.

    13 Apr 2008 Reply
  • mwchurst

    Looking forward to seeing Mavis Staples live in London next week!

    9 Apr 2008 Reply
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