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The Staple Singers: Pop Staples Looks Back

Bob Merlis, Words & Music, November 1972

THE STAPLE Singers will occupy a unique spot in American musical history, when that work is finally written. Their combination of those antithetical forms of blues and gospel, with the inevitable rhythm and blues texture, is among the most popular music in the country. It has taken the family twenty years to gain this ascendancy — and for "Pop" Staples a lifetime.

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