Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Mavis Staples is a crossover singer par excellence. In her 60-plus years on the road she first sang gospel, pop, and soul with the Staples Singers before continuing her legendary career as a solo artist. The photo below shows Pervis, Pops, Cleotha, and Mavis Staples in 1956, the period covered by The Staples Singers: The Best of the Vee-Jay Years.
Staples also did a memorable gig singing spirituals at NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts.
So funny... This teenager (who has obviously never been to a vinyl or thrift store) tries to comprehend an alien artifact presented by her father. "Why would you put a needle on it? That just doesn't make sense!"