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The Staple Singers, 'Respect Yourself'

468. The Staple Singers, 'Respect Yourself'

Writers: Luther Ingram, Mack Rice
Producer: Al Bell
Released: Oct. '71, Stax
14 weeks; No. 12

Stax singer Ingram, frustrated with the state of the world, told house songwriter Rice that "black folk need to learn to respect themselves." Rice liked the comment so much that he built a funk groove around it, then gave the song to the Staples. "This is the song I've been waiting [for]," said producer Bell, who laid it down with the famous Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.

Appears on: Bealtitude: Respect Yourself (Stax)


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