• The STAPLE SINGERS - The First Family of Gospel 1953-1961

The Staple Singers are perhaps best remembered for their period recording for Stax Records in Memphis between 1968 and 1975, where they enjoyed a string of pop, soul and international hits. Here though Jasmine focus on the groups early recordings when they were strictly a religious group steeped in American Gospel traditions.

Although the line-up was unusual for the time, male and female groups were not common in Gospel music then, they undoubtedly appealed to the huge number of migrants who had moved to Chicago from the rural south. 'Pops', as he was known, had a guitar style highly reminiscent of the Mississippi blues singers of the 1920s and 30s and the vocal arrangements that he gave the girls were also similar to those of the earliest jubilee style gospel groups of the pre-war years like the Golden Gate Quartet and The Charioteers.

Here then are their famous early recordings as released by Vee Jay Records who continued to reissue their repertoire on LP for many years.

Track Listing

1. WON'T YOU SIT DOWN
2. IT RAINED CHILDREN
3. IF I COULD HEAR MY MOTHER
4. GOD'S WONDERFUL LOVE
5. UNCLOUDY DAY
6. I KNOW I GOT RELIGION
7. LET ME RIDE
8. I'M COMING HOME (Parts 1 & 2)
9. SINCE HE LIGHTENED MY HEAVY LOAD
10. LOW IS THE WAY
11. HELP ME JESUS
12. I HAD A DREAM
13. LOW IS THE WAY (1958 Vee-Jay Version)
14. ON MY WAY TO HEAVEN
15. SO SOON
16. DOWNWARD ROAD
17. THIS MAY BE MY LAST TIME
18. THIS SAME JESUS
19. WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN
20. DON'T DRIVE ME AWAY
21. PRAY ON
22. TOO CLOSE
23. DON'T KNOCK
24. I'VE BEEN SCORNED
25. SWING LOW
26. SIT DOWN SERVANT

Other Details
Price Code A
Format CD
Release Date January 11th 2019
UPC Bar Code No 604988 31192 1

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The STAPLE SINGERS - The First Family of Gospel 1953-1961

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