The Staple Singers

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Decades: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This well-known US family gospel group was formed in 1951 by Pops Staples (Roebuck Staples, 28 December 1914, Winona, Mississippi, USA, d. 19 December 2000, Dolton, Illinois, USA) and four of his children, Mavis Staples (b. 10 July 1939, Chicago, Illinois, USA), Cleotha Staples and Pervis Staples, who was later replaced by Yvonne Staples. The group fused an original presentation of sacred music, offsetting Mavis Staples’ striking voice against her father’s lighter tenor, rather than follow the accustomed ‘jubilee’ or ‘quartet’ formations, prevalent in the genre. Pops’ striking guitar work, reminiscent of delta-blues, added to their inherent individuality. Singles such as ‘Uncloudy Day’, ‘Will The Circle Be Unbroken’ and ‘I’m Coming Home’, proved especially popular, while an original song, ‘This May Be The Last Time’, provided the inspiration for the Rolling Stones’ hit ‘The...

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