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The Staple Singers

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Revered as the "first family of gospel," The Staple Singers were founded in 1948 when Roebuck "Pops" Staples and family first began performing at local Chicago area churches. Transcending their traditional gospel roots, the group entered into the mainstream of American popular music in 1972 when their song, "I'll Take You There," earned a #1 spot on both the soul and pop music charts.

Pops and his daughters Mavis, Yvonne and Cleotha followed that success with such top 40 hits as "Respect Yourself," "Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom Boom)," and "If You're Ready (Come Go With Me)." Recent solo releases on the Virgin/pointblank label -- including the 1992 Grammy nominated Peace To The Neighborhood and 1994's Grammy winning Father Father -- document Pops Staples' continued quest to create music true to his personal convictions; messages of hope, faith and brotherhood. The Boston Globe has said of the group, "It is truly hard to imagine anyone resisting the Staples' rich harmonies and uplifting spirit... an infusion of pure joy."

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