Staples began singing with her brother and sisters, as well as their father Pops Staples, as part of The Staple Singers in the 1960s. The gospel group traveled the South frequently, often appearing with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at civil rights rallies, and released a string of fondly remembered crossover hits with Stax Records in the 1970s. Before You Are Not Alone, Staples recorded an album with Ry Cooder titled We’ll Never Turn Back.
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