The Staple Singers

Formed 1948. Disbanded 1994.
The Staple Singers

Biography

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), Yvonne (b. 1936), and Mavis (b. 1939). 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", all of which (except "I'll Take You There") peaked on the Hot 100 less than a week away from Christmas Day.

While the family surname is "Staples", the group used the singular form for its name, "The Staple Singers".

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Be Altitude: Respect Yourself

    Be Altitude: Respect Yourself 1972

    Reviewed by Lloyd Bradley
    One of the Stax label’s greatest triumphs.
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