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The Staple Singers were a United States gospel, soul, and R&B singing group. Pops Staples, the patriarch of the family, formed the group in 1951, signing with United Records, then Vee-Jay, Riverside and, finally, Epic Records. Gospel music may refer either to the religious music that first came out of African-American churches in the 1930s or, more loosely, to both black gospel music and to the religious music composed and sung by white southern Christian artists. ... Soul Music is a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, published in 1994. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Roebuck Pops Staples (1914-2000) was a Mississippi gospel musician. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... United Records was the name of at least two different United States based record labels. ... Vee-Jay Records was a record label, specializing in blues, rhythm and blues and rock and roll. ... The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery, a 1960 Riverside release. ... Epic Records is a record label launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ...


It was on Epic that the Staple Singers began moving into mainstream pop markets, with "Why (Am I Treated So Bad)" and "For What It's Worth" (Stephen Stills) in 1967. In 1968, the Staple Singers signed to Stax and released two albums with Steve Cropper and Booker T & the MG's - Soul Folk in Action and We'll Get Over. By 1970, Al Bell had become producer, and the family began recording at the fame 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 Top 40 pop hit as well. The song's theme of self-empowerment had universal appeal, released in the period immediately following the intense American civil rights movement of the 1960s. Stephen Stills album cover Stephen (Arthur) Stills is an American guitarist and singer/songwriter best known for his work with the Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (at first it was Crosby, Stills and Nash; Young joined the group after their first album). ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... For the record company, see Stax Records. ... Steve Cropper (born October 21, 1941) is a guitarist, songwriter, producer, and soul musician. ... Booker T. & the M.G.s is a soul band, most prominent in the 1960s and 1970s. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the performers, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Muscle Shoals is a city located in Colbert County, Alabama, USA. As of the 2000 census, the population of the city is 11,924. ... Funk is a distinct style of music originated by African-Americans, e. ... Soul Music is a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, published in 1994. ... For the record company, see Stax Records. ... Sir Mack Rice (born Bonnie Rice on Nov. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Pop music, in popular and contemporary parlance, is a subgenre of popular music. ... The civil rights movement in the United States has been a long, primarily nonviolent struggle to bring full civil rights and equality under the law to all citizens of United States. ...


The Staple Singers then signed to Curtom, Curtis Mayfield's label, and released "Let's Do It Again", produced by Mayfield; the song was a huge hit. After this, however, they were not able to regain their momentum, releasing occasional minor hits. In 1994, they recorded a duet with Mary Stuart ("The Weight", The Band), somewhat re-establishing an audience. Pops Staples died of complications from a concussion suffered in December 2000. Curtis Mayfield (June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999) was an African American soul, funk and R&B singer, songwriter and guitarist probably best known for his soundtrack to the blaxploitation film Superfly. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... The Weight is the title of a song by The Band. ... The Band were an influential Canadian-American rock and roll group of the 1960s and 1970s. ... Look up December in Wiktionary, the free dictionary December is the twelfth and last month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... This article is about the year 2000. ...


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Encyclopedia: The Staple Singers (1057 words)
Pops Staples, the patriarch of the family, formed the group in 1951, signing with United Records, then Vee-Jay, Riverside and, finally, Epic Records.
Pops Staples died of complications from a concussion suffered in December 2000.
The Staple Singers have been called "God's greatest hitmakers." Steeped in the music of the church, this singing family from Mississippi crossed into the pop mainstream without compromising their gospel roots.
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