Archive for the 'The Staple Singers' Category

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

The first thing you hear as you set the needle down on “Faith and Grace” is the spectral sound of Roebuck “Pops” Staples’ guitar, and then the voices of his children, Mavis, Cleotha, Pervis, and Yvonne. These are the first sounds the Staple Singers put to tape, huddled around a microphone in 1953, recording for […]

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Uh huh, it’s gonna be that kind of party: Staple Stingers ’85 rundown of Talking Heads’ “Slippery People” — the club mix. While Pops is obviously the man here – his vocals leading the call and response – it’s Mavis, particularly her scat at 4:59 that will likely leave you reaching for the rewind. The […]

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

First families of American music? While a number come immediately to mind, none more so than the Carter Family and Staples Singers. Truly lasting pillars did they build. I spent part of Sunday night in an ocean of Staples related videos and performances, but it’s this one, the group doing “Wade In The Water” live […]

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Delaney & Bonnie had a lot of friends. So there’s no surprise that an early D&B album cut entered the repertoire of both The Staple Singers and The Flying Burrito Brothers before the duo commercially released their own recording.  “Get Ourselves Together” was never anyone’s single, but there was something about this song that transcends […]