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In 1951, those after-dinner sessions paid off, as The Staple Singers played their first concert in a small Chicago church, netting $17.50. Gospel was at its commercial peak, powered by superstars like Mahalia Jackson and quartets such as The Soul Stirrers, which would launch Clarksdale singer Sam Cooke.
By 1956, The Staple Singers were signed to Chicago’s Vee Jay Records, and had their first hit with “Uncloudy Day.” That set the template for Staples classics to come, opening with Pops’ trademark vibrato-drenched guitar sound, a technique he recalled first hearing from Chicago’s Crooms Brothers.
OMG!!!! that was the most deep and soul rich music there was I as a little girl and the Staple Singers, Al Green Minnie Ripperton, I could go on and on, but all of the richness resonated through my household constantly. LOve it LoVe it!!!! thanks for keeping the memories alive about some beautiful who made beautiful USMIC! LOVE PEACE AND HAPPINESS!!!!
I loved their 1971 album that I came across way back then.
It made a lasting impression on me and I never forgot it. Beatiful soulful music. They were really good!
As child of the 60s, it warms my heart to hear the soundtrack of my generation, and the struggle for freedom to come full circle.