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Mavis Staples Comes to Cleveland for Rock Hall Tribute

The sultry, smoky voice that launched a string of soulful hits on the pop charts gets a special tribute this week at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A new series called Rock Hall Honors kicks off Thursday with a celebration of gospel great Mavis Staples, featuring a live concert by Staples herself. The singer began a six-decade musical career as featured vocalist for the Staple Singers, back in the 1950s. Staples and her family combined church rhythms and harmonies with a message of social activism, bringing a new sound to the popular music stage.

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