The Staples Singer’s Respect Yourself Gets A Lyric Video Decades Later & New Box Set

The Staple Singer’s “Respect Yourself” gets a lyric video decades later as a new box set is being prepared for release this month. The group consisting of father Pops Staples and daughters Cleotha, Yvonne and Mavis were gospel and soul stars of the ’60s and ’70s. “Respect Yourself” was their signature commercial hit that happened during their time on Stax Records. Luther Ingram and Mack Rice wrote the song in 1971 after the Civil Rights Movement with the idea that Black people needed to embrace self-empowerment. The video has images of the movement with ones of the current Black Lives Matters protests. The visual is coming out right before the release of a seven-CD box set celebrating The Staple Singers and their time on Stax Records. Come Go With Me: The Stax Collection spans 1968-1974 and comes out November 13th. The collection was released earlier this year digitally and on vinyl. All six of their Stax albums have been remastered and the seventh CD is live recordings, non-album singles and the 1972 Wattstax music festival. There is a booklet of archival photos and liner notes from curator Levon Williams and writer Dr. Langston Wilkins. The box set is available for pre-order now and the digital and vinyl formats are in stock.