1 She had ice cream with Sam Cooke on a regular basis.

Cooke, Jerry Butler, Curtis Mayfield, Johnnie Taylor, and Spencer Taylor would all flock to her Bronzeville backyard for homemade ice cream.

2 She had a fling with Bob Dylan.

Asked about her rumored 1964 romance with Dylan, Staples concedes that the pair “may have smooched.”

3 Prince got her career back on track.

After Staples fought with her label during the disco-dominated ’70s, Prince tapped her for a production deal that yielded Time Waits for No One and The Voice.