‘Women Who Rock’: Mavis Staples

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Mavis Staples' dress from 1975 is featured in the Rock Hall's "Women Who Rock" exhibit.

Mavis Staples started her career in 1950 when she was just 11 years old. She sang with her family in a group called the Staple Singers.

Led by family patriarch Roebuck “Pops” Staples on guitar, and backed by Mavis and her three siblings on vocals, the group hit the road in 1957 after Mavis graduated from high school.

The family became the most successful gospel group in America, scoring eight Top 40 hits between 1971 and 1975. Their songs “I’ll Take You There” and “Let’s Do It Again” were #1 singles.

Mavis went solo in the late 1960s. After recording “Crying in the Chapel,” she went on to collaborate with the likes of Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Natalie Merchant, and many more.

Artifacts from Mavis Staples’ life are featured in the “Revolution, the Counterculture and the Pill: The Late 1960s” section in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power.” The groundbreaking exhibit is open until February 26, 2012.

Click HERE to read more about Mavis Staples and the other women being honored.

(Information provided by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.)

*Watch video below to see Mavis Staples perform “You Are Not Alone.”

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