“My country tis of thee sweet land of liberty”, or so we thought. The Staple Singers, a blues/mo town band, wrote a song that showed the aggravation and persecution that pro civil rights person where feeling called “when will we be paid”. The civil rights was a movement broadcasted a major theme equality for all whether black or white, which touches on the under lying there behind “when will be paid”. In the song “when will we be paid” by the staple singers, it demonstrates how the African American population demanded composition for the work that they have done, which was a right that many protested for during the Civil Rights movement.
The Staple Singers, started out as just a family then ended up as a musical sensation. They where all related and brought together as a band by their father, who was a civil rights activist during the 1960’s. Which makes the reasons and lyrics in the song more obvious? They almost had always some sort of black power or equal rights theme in each of there songs. Even when moving to the New York-based Riverside label, the Staple Singers adopted a more folk-oriented sound, recording contemporary, message-oriented songs by the likes of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan and were able to keep that Civil Rights theme. The Staple Singers, in their own way, showed the feelings of those who were too intimidated to speak up.
The Staple Singers were the first gospel group to crossover to the R&B charts. A father and his children, the group was defined by Pop Staples' bluesy guitar, Mavis' deep alto and the group's thick harmonies. Their R&B styled pop message songs of faith and brotherhood made them top draws during the 1970s. Pop Staples' bluesy, Delta guitar styling earned him fans such as Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan and B.B. King. "I don't think he was appreciated for his skills as a guitarist or singer,”(Robert Pruter). "People talk about Mavis being the core of the group, but Pop had an incredible, engaging gospel voice....