The Staple Swingers is a 1971 album by the Staple Singers. This would be The Staple Singers first album to be produced by Al Bell and recorded in Muscle Shoals. Other changes saw brother Pervis Staples be replaced by sister Yvonne Staples prior to the recording of this album. Released in 1971, this album would chart at #9 on the Billboard Top Soul Albums charts.
Celebrating one of the biggest names in soul, gospel and folk, and a respected voice in the civil rights movement: The Staple Singers. Their time at Stax brought the legendary family band to a new level of stardom, with hits "Respect Yourself" and "I'll Take You There," both included in this album, among many other favorites. This timely compilation comes on the heels of Mavis Staples’ 2016 Kennedy Center Honors, as well as the documentary, Mavis! This collection highlights the music of The Staple Singers, who, when they joined the label, were already one of the biggest names in the gospel and folk world, and a respected voice in the civil rights movement. Their time at Stax brought the family band – consisting of Roebuck “Pops” Staples and his daughters Mavis, Yvonne and Cleotha –to another level of stardom, with their breakout title, Be Altitude: Respect Yourself. Title track "Respect Yourself," reached the Number Two position on Billboard's Soul/R&B chart, while "I'll Take You There," with its infectious beat, hit Number One on the Billboard Hot 100. This album features these two hits, plus such favorites as “Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom-Boom)”, “The Weight” and civil rights anthem “Long Walk to D.C.”
The Staple Singers were an American gospel, soul and R&B singing group. Roebuck "Pops" Staples (1914–2000), the patriarch of the family, formed the group with his children Cleotha (1934–2013), Pervis (b. 1935), and Mavis (b. 1939). Yvonne (b. 1936) replaced her brother when he was drafted into the U.S. Army, and again in 1970. They are best known for their 1970s hits "Respect Yourself", "I'll Take You There", "If You're Ready (Come Go with Me)", and "Let's Do It Again", which with one exception ("I'll Take You There") peaked on the Hot 100 within a week from Christmas Day. While the family surname is "Staples", the group used the singular form for its name, "The Staple Singers".