MUSIC MONDAY The Staple Singers Part 5

The Staple Singers Part 5

The Staple Singers – I’ll Take You There (1972)

Uploaded on Sep 10, 2009

 

There are certain songs that were so universally popular that they define moments in our lives. Well the Staple Singers’ “I’ll Take You There” definitely qualifies as one of those songs. Written by Alvertis Isbell, produced by Al Bell this song was the number one song nationally by June of 1972 and it hasn’t stopped playing somewhere since!

There sound has never been duplicated and I don’t believe it ever will. Here’s just a small taste of a classic.

Here they are: Pops, Mavis, Cleotha and Yvonne hailing from Chicago by way of Mississippi! The Staple Singers!

 

That pattern finally changed with Staples’ 2004 album Have a Little Faith, her first release following the death of her father in 2000. Have a Little Faith received rave reviews, paving the way for Staples to achieve a late career renaissance with the albums We’ll Never Turn Back (2007) and Live: Hope at the Hideout (2008). Her most recent album, 2010’s You Are Not Alone, won the Grammy Award for Best Americana Album.

 

 

Impact on Music

 

Mavis Staples will doubtlessly go down in history as one of the greatest gospel singers of all time, the breathtaking voice powering one of America’s great family bands, The Staple Singers. From the traditional gospel music of the 1950s to the 1960s protest songs that underscored some of the decade’s most dramatic social changes, from the self-empowerment anthems of the 1970s to the soulful love tunes and mature Americana of more recent years, Staples and her family have consistently created some of the best and most inspirational music of the past half-century.

 

And although Staples is now more than 70 years old, she has no intention of giving up the calling that has consumed her since she was a child. “Ain’t no stopping me, I will sing,” Staples declared in a recent interview. “You know, you’d have to come and scoop me off the stage. I’m gonna sing till I die.”

 

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