The Staple Singers were an American gospel, soul and R&B singing group. Roebuck “Pops” Staples (December 28, 1914 – December 19, 2000), the patriarch of the family, formed the group with his children Cleotha (April 11, 1934 – February 21, 2013), Pervis (b. 1935), and Mavis (b. 1939). Yvonne (October 23, 1937 – April 10, 2018) 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”. While the family name is Staples, the group used “Staple” commercially.
Mavis Staples (born July 10, 1939) is an American rhythm and blues and gospel singer, actress, and civil rights activist. She has recorded and performed with her family’s band The Staple Singers and also as a solo artist.
Staples was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Blues Hall of Fame in 2017.
This week we feature music from; Paul Simon, Staple Singers, Melissa Manchester, Eddie Kendricks, Isley Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, Spinners, America, Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, First Class and many more . . .
This week on the LP Lounge. Two more QUAD LP’s. Sly and The Family Stone and The Staple Singers.
Greatest Hits is a compilation album by American recording group Sly and the Family Stone. It was first released on November 21, 1970, by Epic Records. Comprising five singles and their b-sides along with one additional single and one album track, it includes all of the singles from the albums Dance to the Music (1968), Life (1968), and Stand! (1969), and all of their charting B-sides.
The versions on this compilation are not the single mixes in all cases; some songs appear here in their album lengths and mixes. Mixes sometimes have different timings and differences in vocals and or instrumentation.
Three tracks released as singles in 1969 appear on album for the first time here: “Hot Fun in the Summertime”, “Everybody Is a Star”, and “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)”.
Greatest Hits was certified quintuple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), having shipped five million copies in the United States. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album number 60 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Be What You Are is a 1973 soul album by The Staple Singers. It reached number 13 on the Billboard Top Soul LPs chart. The first single, “Be What You Are”, fared poorly; however, the follow-up, “If You’re Ready (Come Go with Me)”, was a top ten hit, peaking at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the R&B Singles chart. The third single, “Touch a Hand, Make a Friend” charting at number 23 on the Hot 100 and number three on the R&B chart in 1974.
The year 2000 was the subject of Y2K concerns: fears that computers would not shift from 1999 to 2000 correctly. However, by the end of 1999, many companies had already converted to new, or upgraded their existing software. Some even obtained Y2K certification. As a result of massive effort, much of it mis-directed, relatively few problems occurred.
January 6 – The last natural Pyrenean Ibex is found dead, apparently killed by a falling tree.
January 10 – America Online announces an agreement to purchase Time Warner for $162 billion (the largest-ever corporate merger).
February 7 – Big Pun, American rapper (b. 1971) Died
February 12 – Oliver, American pop singer (b. 1945) Died
February 12 – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, American rock singer and performer (b. 1929) Died
March 4 – The PlayStation 2 is released in Japan, and in North America several months later. It becomes the best-selling game console of all time.
March 27 – Ian Dury, English singer, songwriter (b. 1942) Died
April 25 – David Merrick, American stage producer (b. 1911) Died
May 31 – Tito Puente, American jazz musician (b. 1923) Died
June 21 – Alan Hovhaness, American composer (b. 1911) Died
August 12 – Dave Edwards, American musician (b. 1941) Died
August 14 – Dora the Explorer, one of Nickelodeon’s hottest shows, debuts.
October 3 – Benjamin Orr, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and singer for the band The Cars (b. 1947) Died
October 18 – Julie London, American singer and actress (b. 1926) Died
October 31 – Willow Smith, American actress and singer
December 13 – Bush v. Gore: The U.S. Supreme Court stops the Florida presidential recount, effectively giving the state, and the Presidency, to George W. Bush.
December 19 – Roebuck “Pops” Staples, patriarch of The Staple Singers (b. 1914) Died
DEcember 23 – Victor Borge, Danish-born comedian and pianist (b. 1909)