One of the Staple Singers' biggest hits came about in part from a confab between two ministers. Stax president Al Bell was visiting Jesse Jackson at Jackson's Chicago home when the conversation turned toward music. Jackson noted that the Staple Singers, who'd signed with Stax two years earlier, were languishing on the label. He told Bell that he should be the one producing the veteran gospel group. Sometime later, Bell's younger brother had been fatally shot, his third sibling to die in such a manner. After attending the funeral in his hometown of Little Rock, AK, Bell sat on the fender of the yellow school bus that his father used to haul cotton. Suddenly music and these lyrics came to mind: "I know a place/Ain't nobody worried/Ain't nobody crying/Ain't no smiling faces/Lying to the races." Later, Bell shared his idea with members of the Muscle Shoals rhythm section: keyboardist Barry Beckett, bassist David Hood, drummer Roger Hawkins, and guitarist Jimmy Johnson. Bell journeyed to Chicago to coach lead singer Mavis Staples in the phrasing of the song. Pops Staples' tremolo guitar solo, Terry Manning's harmonica, and the horns of the Barkays were added to the completed track. Written and produced by Al Bell, "I'll Take You There" stayed at number one R&B for four weeks, while going to number one pop in the spring of 1972. The Bealtitude: Respect Yourself LP went to number three R&B and number 19 pop and also included "Respect Yourself" and "This World." Mavis Staples appeared on BeBe & CeCe Winans' 1991 remake of "I'll Take You There."