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Birth Name: Mavis Staples
Born: 1939/07/10
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Years Active: 1950–present
Genres: Rhythm And Blues, Soul, Gospel

Mavis Staples (born July 10, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American R&B and gospel singer and civil rights activist who recorded with The Staple Singers, her family's band. Staples began her career with her family group in 1950. Led by family patriarch Roebuck "Pops" Staples on guitar and including the voices of Mavis and her siblings Cleo, Yvonne, and Pervis, the Staples were called "God's Greatest Hitmakers." Staples made her first solo foray while at Epic Records with The Staple Singers releasing a lone single "Crying in the Chapel" in the late 1960s. The single was finally re-released on the 1994 Sony Music collection "Lost Soul." Her first solo album would not come until a 1969 se... Continue Bio >>


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