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The Staple Singers

Induction category: Performer
Presented by: Lauryn Hill

Biography

Inductees: Roebuck "Pops" Staples (vocals, guitar; 12/28/15 – 12/19/2000); Cleotha Staples (vocals; 4/11/34 - 2/21/2013); Mavis Staples (vocals; born 7/10/39); Pervis Staples (vocals; born 11/35); Yvonne Staples (vocals; born 10/23/38) The Staple Singers have been called “God’s greatest hitmakers.” Steeped in the music of the church, this singing family from Mississippi crossed into the pop mainstream without compromising their gospel roots. Fronted by patriarch Roebuck “Pops” Staples, the Staple Singers have left an imprint of soulful voices, social activism, religious conviction and danceable “message music” across the decades since the release of “Uncloudy Day” in 1956. The clan’s musical signatures have been Pops Staples’ gospel-based ...

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