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The Staple Singers

American gospel, soul, and R&B singing group


Roebuck "Pops" Staples (1914–2000), the founder of the family group, formed the group with his children Cleotha (1934–2013), Pervis (b. 1935), 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. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  2. "Staple Singers". Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Retrieved 5 April 2018.

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