Staple Singers Selected For the Gospel Music Hall of Fame

by VVN Music

This is one of those news items where people will say "Wait! Did this already happen years ago?"

The Staple Singers are one of four selected for induction this year into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Since 1971, the Gospel Music Association (GMA) has been inducting individuals and groups into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, recognizing meaningful contributions to all forms of gospel music.

Over those years, other groups, including the Statler Brothers, Take 6 and the Jordanaires have received the call but, up until now, not the Staple Singers.

While the general public knows the Staples best for their run of 1970's hits including "I'll Take You There", "Respect Yourself" and "Let's Do It Again", they were firmly part of the gospel tradition for much of their career. They released their first album, Uncloudy Day, on VeeJay in 1959 and released over a dozen more over the next decade for that label, Epic and Stax including Spirituals (1965), Freedom Highway (1965) and Amen (1967).

Also being inducted this year are CCM singer Carman, southern gospel artist Karen Peck Gooch and producer Greg Nelson.

The GMA Honors and Hall of Fame Ceremony will be held on May 8 at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena in Nashville.

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