Mavis Staples, singer
Singer
The Staple Singers

Mavis Staples

July 10, 1939, Chicago, IL

According to Alligator Records president Bruce Iglauer, Staples is a natural fit for the label. “Mavis Staples’ voice is one of the best known and best loved sounds in American music. Her soul and R&B recordings are infused with the spirit of gospel music, and her gospel recordings with The Staple Singers helped create the sound of 60’s soul music. I’m absolutely thrilled to bring this marvelously talented musical icon to Alligator.” And Mavis is equally happy to be with Alligator Records, known worldwide as the leading contemporary blues label. “Blues and gospel are cousins,” she says. “They’re very closely related. Both styles of music lift you up from what’s keeping you down.” ~ Alligator Records: Mavis Staples ~ retrieved July 7, 2013 © Alligator Records

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Mavis Staples ~ Ranked #56 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Singers in 2008.

The Staple Singers

The Staples recorded in an older, slightly archaic, deeply Southern spiritual style first for United and then for Vee-Jay. Pops and Mavis Staples shared lead vocal chores, with most records underpinned by Pops' heavily reverbed Mississippi cotton-patch guitar. In 1960 The Staples signed with Riverside, a label that specialized in jazz and folk. With Riverside and later Epic, The Staples attempted to move into the then-burgeoning white folk boom. Two Epic releases, ‘Why (Am I Treated So Bad)’ and a cover of Stephen Stills' ‘For What It's Worth,’ briefly graced the pop charts in 1967. In 1968 The Staples signed with Memphis-based Stax. The first two albums, Soul Folk in Action and We'll Get Over, were produced by Steve Cropper and backed by Booker T. & the MG's. The Staples were now singing entirely contemporary “message” songs such as‘Long Walk to D.C.’ and ‘When Will We Be Paid.’ In 1970 Pervis Staples left and was replaced by sister Yvonne Staples. Even more significantly, Al Bell took over production chores. Bell took them down the road to Muscle Shoals, and things got decidedly funky.~ Allmusic: Mavis Staples ~ retrieved July 7, 2013 © Allmusic

The Staple Singers ~ Awarded a 2005 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Staple Singers ~ Respect Yourself (Ingram/Rice) ~ Ranked #358 RIAA Songs Of The Century in 2001



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