Category: the staple singers

Born on this day: July 10, 1939 – R&B voca…

Born on this day: July 10, 1939 – R&B vocal legend Mavis Staples (born in Chicago, IL). Happy 80th Birthday, Mavis!!

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On this day in music history: May 6, 1972 – “I…

On this day in music history: May 6, 1972 – “I’ll Take You There” by The Staple Singers hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 4 weeks, also topping the Hot 100 for 1 week on June 3, 1972. Written and produced by Alvertis “Al” Bell, it is the biggest hit for the Chicago, IL based R&B and gospel family group . Bell, the president of Stax Records is inspired to write the song after attending the funeral of his younger brother. The track is cut with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section at Muscle Shoals Sound in Alabama in late 1971. Issued as the follow up to “Respect Yourself” (#2 R&B, #12 Pop) in February of 1972, the single becomes an immediate hit on the R&B chart, quickly crossing over to the pop chart. “I’ll Take You There” is covered by a number of different artists over the years including SWV, Kelly Price, General Public and Robert Randolph & The Family Band. The Staple Singers original version of “I’ll Take You There” is also featured in the films “Children Of A Lesser God”, “Barber Shop” and “Miss Congeniality 2: Armed And Fabulous”. The song has also been widely sampled by many artists including Salt-n-Pepa, Big Daddy Kane, Eazy-E, Naughty By Nature, Ice Cube, and Kwame. Regarded as one of The Staple Singers’ signature songs, the single is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999. “I’ll Take You There” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: December 27, 197…

On this day in music history: December 27, 1975 – “Let’s Do It Again” by The Staple Singers hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also topping the R&B singles chart for 2 weeks (non-consecutive) on November 22, 1975. Written and produced by Curtis Mayfield, it is the second pop and third R&B number one single for the Chicago, IL based R&B/gospel family group. Written as the theme song for the comedy of the same name (the sequel to “Uptown Saturday Night”) starring Bill Cosby, Sidney Poitier and Jimmie Walker. Curtis Mayfield is approached by the films’ producers to write the score and songs for the film. Mayfield in turn ask The Staple Singers if they would perform on the soundtrack album in which they agree. He signs the group to his label Curtom Records as Stax Records is on the verge collapse. Recording at the songwriter and producers’ Curtom Studios (formerly RCA Studios where “Superfly” was recorded) in Chicago, the track features musicians such as guitarist Phil Upchurch, drummer Quinton Joseph, and Mayfield himself on guitar. Veteran Motown arranger Gil Askey arranges and conducts the strings on the song. An across the board smash, “Let’s Do It Again” simultaneously climbs the pop and R&B charts, becoming the groups’ fourth and final million selling single. Entering the Hot 100 at #68 on October 25, 1975, it climbs to the top of the chart nine weeks later. In 1992, Ice Cube samples “Let’s Do It Again” for the remix version of his hit “It Was A Good Day”.  The following year, the R&B vocal group Xscape samples the track for their hit single “Just Kickin’ It”. (#1 R&B, #2 Pop). The song is also sampled by John Legend and Kanye West for the single “Number One” (#86 R&B) in 2005. “Let’s Do It Again” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: December 8, 1973…

On this day in music history: December 8, 1973 – “If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me)” by The Staple Singers hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 3 weeks, also peaking at #9 on the Hot 100 on December 22, 1973. Written by Homer Banks, Raymond Jackson and Carl Hampton, it is the second R&B chart topper for the Chicago, IL based family group fronted by lead singer Mavis Staples. The song is inspired when Banks, Jackson and Hampton are hanging out at Stax Studios in Memphis when they decide to go to lunch at a local restaurant. Before heading over, Raymond Jackson blurts out the line “If you’re ready, come go with me”. Carl Hampton hears him say it and then reply that it sounds like a potential song title. The trio return to the studio and quickly write the song, recording a demo within a day of completing it. Issued as the first single from the groups’ seventeenth album “Be What You Are”, the track features members of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section including Jimmy Johnson (guitar), David Hood (bass), Roger Hawkins (drums) and Barry Beckett (keyboards). The group record their vocals with the band live at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL in mid 1973. “If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me)” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

Born on this day: July 10, 1939 – R&B voca…

Born on this day: July 10, 1939 – R&B vocal legend Mavis Staples (born in Chicago, IL). Happy 79th Birthday, Mavis!!

On this day in music history: May 6, 1972 – &l…

On this day in music history: May 6, 1972 – “I’ll Take You There” by The Staple Singers hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 4 weeks, also topping the Hot 100 for 1 week on June 3, 1972. Written and produced by Alvertis “Al” Bell, it is the biggest hit for the Chicago, IL based R&B and gospel family group . Bell, the president of Stax Records is inspired to write the song after attending the funeral of his younger brother. The track is cut with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section at Muscle Shoals Sound in Alabama in late 1971. Issued as the follow up to “Respect Yourself” (#2 R&B, #12 Pop) in February of 1972, the single becomes an immediate hit on the R&B chart, quickly crossing over to the pop chart. “I’ll Take You There” is covered by a number of different artists over the years including SWV, Kelly Price, General Public and Robert Randolph & The Family Band. The Staple Singers original version of “I’ll Take You There” is also featured in the films “Children Of A Lesser God”, “Barber Shop” and “Miss Congeniality 2: Armed And Fabulous”. Regarded as one of The Staple Singers’ signature songs, the single is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999. “I’ll Take You There” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

On March 6, 1971 some of the biggest Soul, R…

On March 6, 1971 some of the biggest Soul, R&B, Jazz and Gospel acts of the day played a 14 hour concert in Accra, Ghana, celebrating its 14th anniversary of independence. Performers included Wilson Pickett, Ike & Tina Turner, Santana, Roberta Flack, Les McCann, The Staple Singers, Willie Bobo and Eddie Harris. This was captured on film and subsequently released as Soul to Soul; a documentary of the concert intercut with footage of the performers rediscovering their roots and heritage.

On this day in music history: December 27, 197…

On this day in music history: December 27, 1975 – “Let’s Do It Again” by The Staple Singers hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also topping the R&B singles chart for 2 weeks (non-consecutive) on November 22, 1975. Written and produced by Curtis Mayfield, it is the second pop and third R&B number one single for the Chicago, IL based R&B/gospel family group. Written as the theme song for the comedy of the same name (the sequel to “Uptown Saturday Night”) starring Bill Cosby, Sidney Poitier and Jimmie Walker. Curtis Mayfield is approached by the films’ producers to write the score and songs for the film. Mayfield in turn ask The Staple Singers if they would perform on the soundtrack album in which they agree. He signs the group to his label Curtom Records as Stax Records is on the verge collapse. Recording at the songwriter and producers’ Curtom Studios (formerly RCA Studios where “Superfly” was recorded) in Chicago, the track features musicians such as guitarist Phil Upchurch, drummer Quinton Joseph, and Mayfield himself on guitar. Veteran Motown arranger Gil Askey arranges and conducts the strings on the song. An across the board smash, “Let’s Do It Again” simultaneously climbs the pop and R&B charts, becoming the groups’ fourth and final million selling single. Entering the Hot 100 at #68 on October 25, 1975, it climbs to the top of the chart nine weeks later. In 1992, Ice Cube samples “Let’s Do It Again” for the remix version of his hit “It Was A Good Day”.  The following year, the R&B vocal group Xscape samples the track for their hit single “Just Kickin’ It”. (#1 R&B, #2 Pop). The song is also sampled by John Legend and Kanye West for the single “Number One” (#86 R&B) in 2005. “Let’s Do It Again” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: December 8, 1973…

On this day in music history: December 8, 1973 – “If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me)” by The Staple Singers hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 3 weeks, also peaking at #9 on the Hot 100 on December 22, 1973. Written by Homer Banks, Raymond Jackson, and Carl Hampton, it is the second R&B chart topper for the Chicago, IL based family group fronted by lead singer Mavis Staples. The song is inspired when Banks, Jackson and Hampton are hanging out at Stax Studios in Memphis when they decide to go to lunch at a local restaurant. Before heading over, Raymond Jackson blurts out the line “If you’re ready, come go with me”. Carl Hampton hears him say it and then reply that it sounds like a potential song title. The trio return to the studio and quickly write the song, recording a demo within a day of completing it. Issued as the first single from the groups’ seventeenth album “Be What You Are”, the track features members of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section including Jimmy Johnson (guitar), David Hood (bass), Roger Hawkins (drums) and Barry Beckett (keyboards). The group record their vocals with the band live at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL in mid 1973. “If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me)” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.