Mavis Staples

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Birth Name: Mavis Staples
Born: 07/29/1939
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

With a big, soulful voice that left audiences awestruck for several decades, the name Mavis Staples came to signify gospel music. Born in Philadelphia and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Staples's music career started in the early 1950s when she, her father, and three older siblings, began performing gospel songs at local churches throughout Chicago. They called themselves the Staple Singers, and by the late 1950s the family group had scored a recording contract, as well as a hit song, "Uncloudy Day." After a chance meeting with Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963, the family devoted their act to more topical material, with songs like "March Up Freedom's Highway" and "It's A Long Walk to ... Continue Bio >>

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