Saturday, June 11, 2011
Finishing off Soul Week on Spools Paradise is one of the all time classics. Respect Yourself came together after Stax Records singer Luther Ingram told Stax house songwriter Mack Rice that "black folk need to learn to respect themselves" and the rest, as they say, is history.
Pen a lyric about self empowerment for African Americans during the time of the Civil Rights Movement, add a solid funk groove, give the song to The Staple Singers, team them up with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and you end up with one of the finest soul tunes ever recorded with Mavis Staples' delivering what has to be one of her most uplifting and soulful vocal performances.
The track has been covered many times but none of the covers come anywhere near the original.
The Staple Singers - Respect Yourself