Song of the Week: Week 4

This week’s song of the week comes from The Staple Singers. Wade in the Water is an old black spiritual favorite that’s been covered by many blues, gospel, country and rock & roll bands over the years. The Staple Singers were formed by Roebuck “Pops” Staples, a Mississippi born singer and guitarists who spent time on Dockery Plantation playing with Charley Patton, Son House, Robert Johnson, and Howlin’ Wolf as a young man. The Staple Singers consisted of Pops and his four children, the most famous being Mavis, and began their career doing acoustic folk gospel such as this. They later went on to become more mainstream and had several R&B hits in the 70’s before Mavis and Pops left the group to pursue solo careers in the 80’s.

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