The Staple Singers

American gospel, soul, and R&B singing group

The Staple Singers were an American gospel, soul and R&B singing group.

The Staple Singers
The Staple Singers with Soul Train host Don Cornelius in 1974.
The Staple Singers with Soul Train host Don Cornelius in 1974.
Background information
OriginChicago, Illinois
United States
Years active1948–1994
LabelsUnited Records, Vee-Jay Records, Checker Records, Riverside Records, Stax Records, Epic Records, Columbia Records, Discos CBS, CBS Records, American Recording Company, Curtom Records, United Artists Records WEA, Warner Bros., Atlantic Records, Sony Music Records.
Past member(s)Roebuck "Pops" Staples
Cleotha Staples
Mavis Staples
Pervis Staples
Yvonne Staples



Roebuck "Pops" Staples (1914–2000), the founder of the family group, formed the group with his children Cleotha (1934–2013), Pervis (1935–2021), and Mavis (b. 1939). Yvonne (1936–2018[1]) replaced her brother when he was drafted into the U.S. Army, and again in 1970.

They are best known for their 1970s hits "Respect Yourself", "I'll Take You There", "If You're Ready (Come Go with Me)", and "Let's Do It Again", which with one exception ("I'll Take You There") peaked on the Hot 100 within a week from Christmas Day. While the family name is Staples, the group used "Staple" commercially.



In 1999, The Staple Singers was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2005, the group was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Staple Singers were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2018.[2]


  1. O'Donnell, Maureen. "Yvonne Staples of the Staples Singers dies at 80". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on 11 April 2018. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  2. "Staple Singers". Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 5 April 2018. Retrieved 5 April 2018.

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