Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sunday Morning with the Staple Singers

The Staple Singers

For those living in some altered state or something, I'll give a little background on today's Sunday featured artist, The Staple Singers. This family-based group was made up of Roebuck "Pops" Staples with his children Cleotha, Pervis, Yvonne, and Mavis. They started out singing spiritual and gospel music in the 1950s, and by the end of the 1960s, they were also recording Pop music. However, they were best known for their uplifting spiritual music, and the amazing talent of their voices.

The Staple Singers

Help Me, Jesus was included on the 1961 release, Swing Low Sweet Chariot. It was written by Pops Staples, and sung as only this family could.

This next song was off the same 1961 album. Swing Down, Chariot (Let Me Ride) was written by Pops Staples

This May Be The Last Time was recorded by the Staple Singers in 1955. Later it was used as the inspiration for the Rolling Stones song, The Last Time. But here are the Staple Singers delivering the traditional favorite.

Finally, this is Mavis Staples singing their 1971 hit, Respect Yourself. The song was written by Luther Ingram and Mack Rice during the groups time at Stax Records. Mavis still sounds amazing in this 2004 recording, even at age 65.

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