The Staple Singers

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    Lauryn Hill
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The Staple Singers delivered music with a message.

The Staples’ evolved from gospel music to soulful pop, delivering hits in both genres. The family group’s music was a vehicle for social activism, positive change and love.


Hall of Fame Essay


Rob Bowman

For most artists, it is enough, to achieve mastery of a single genre. 

A select few are able to reinvent themselves at some point in their career and conquer a second style. Incredibly,  the Staple Singers, known far and wide as the First Family of Song, managed to achieve greatness in three separate  and distinct genres during the first three decades of their storied career.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 1999
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Soul liberating, soul inspiring, and soul empowering music.
Lauryn Hill



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