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The First Family of Gospel 1953-1961

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The First Family of Gospel 1953-1961
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.


  1. Name
  2. Won't You Sit Down
  3. It Rained Children
  4. If I Could Hear My Mother
  5. God's Wonderful Love
  6. Uncloudy Day
  7. I Know I Got Religion
  8. Let Me Ride
  9. I'm Coming Home (Parts 1 & 2)
  10. Since He Lightened My Heavy Load
  11. Low Is The Way
  12. Help Me Jesus
  13. I Had A Dream
  14. Low Is The Way (1958 Vee-Jay Version)
  15. On My Way To Heaven
  16. So Soon
  17. Downward Road
  18. This May Be My Last Time
  19. This Same Jesus
  20. Will The Circle Be Unbroken
  21. Don't Drive Me Away
  22. Pray On
  23. Too Close
  24. Don't Knock
  25. I've Been Scorned
  26. Swing Low
  27. Sit Down Servant
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