The Staple Singers were an American soul group from Chicago, formed in 1948 and active for the entire second half of the 20th century. The group released a series of gospel recordings on Riverside and Epic during the 1960s. In 1968, the group signed to Stax and issued a string of soul-funk recordings on the label during the early 1970s.
Members: Pops Staples (guitar, vocals), Mavis Staples (vocals), Pervis Staples (vocals, 1948-69), Cleotha Staples (vocals), Yvonne Staples (vocals, 1970-2000)
- Will the Circle Be Unbroken (1960)
- Swing Low (1961)
- Hammer and Nails (1962)
- The 25th Day of December (1962)
- Swing Low Sweet Chariot (1963)
- This Land (1963)
- Amen! (1965)
- Freedom Highway (1965)
- Why (1966)
- For What It’s Worth (1967)
- Pray On (1968)
- Soul Folk in Action (1968)
- What the World Needs Now Is Love (1968)
- We’ll Get Over (1969)
- The Staple Swingers (1971)
- Be Altitude: Respect Yourself (1972)
- Be What You Are (1973)
- Use What You Got (1973)
- City in the Sky (1974)
- Let’s Do It Again (OST, 1975 • The Staple Singers & Curtis Mayfield)
- Pass It On (1976 • The Staples)
- Family Tree (1977 • The Staples)
- Unlock Your Mind (1978 • The Staples)
- Hold On to Your Dream (1981)
- This Time Around (1981)
- Turning Point (1984)
- The Staple Singers (1985)
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