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All Quiet Now: Cleotha Staples

Cleotha Staples, a founding member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame R&B and gospel group The Staple Singers, has died after a decade-long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, the group said on Friday. She was 78. Staples, who died on Thursday at her Chicago home, is best known for singing on the group’s 1970s hits, including “I’ll Take You There,” “Respect Yourself” and “Let’s Do It Again.” “We will keep on,” Mavis Staples, the group’s lead singer, said in a statement. “Yvonne and I will continue singing to keep our father’s legacy and our sister’s legacy alive.” Mavis, who is known for her raspy voice that gave the group its distinct personality, said she would dedicate her forthcoming album to Cleotha’s memory. The oldest of five children, Staples was born in Drew, Mississippi, to Roebuck “Pops” Staples and Oceola Staples. The family moved to Chicago when Staples was 2 years old in 1936, where sisters Mavis and Yvonne were born. The Staple Singers, known as “God’s greatest hitmakers,” were formed in 1948 with Pops on guitar and siblings Mavis, Cleotha, Pervis and Yvonne singing. The group first played churches in the Midwest and put out their first recording in 1953. Their gospel hits included “On My Way to Heaven,” “With the Circle Be Unbroken” and “Pray On.” The family became active in the civil rights movement in 1962...

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Review: Sanguine Hum. The Weight Of The World.
Review: Sanguine Hum. The Weight Of The World.
Published On: March 25, 2013
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Meilyr Jones. Return To Life & UK Tour.
Meilyr Jones. Return To Life & UK Tour.
Published On: March 25, 2016
In support of his debut album, 2013, Meilyr Jones shares Return To Life. The song's accompanying video features studio footage from the album recording back in November 2014, after his return to London from Rome. Working closely on arrangements with composer Joseph Davies, Jones assembled a 30-strong orchestra “out of friends, and friends of Continue Reading
Festival: Wilderness 2016
Festival: Wilderness 2016
Published On: March 25, 2016

WILDERNESS FESTIVAL 2016 ANNOUNCES LINEUP

The effervescent and ethereal Wilderness Festival returns to Cornbury Park this summer for a sixth season. Bringing with it an inimitable cocktail of eclectic musical talent, sumptuous communal dining, theatrical performances, thought-provoking debate, the tranquility of the Lakeside Spa and so much more, Wilderness Festival 2016 boasts a programme that continues in their tradition of Continue Reading

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