Yvonne Staples, background singer and manager of the R&B family group the Staple Singers, died Tuesday in her Chicago home. With her sisters, Mavis and Cleotha, and their guitarist father, the group rose up the music charts with "I'll Take You There" and "Heavy Makes You Happy".
The Staple Singers originally included her father Roebuck "Pops" Staples, kids Cleotha, Pervis and Mavis; the group formed in 1948.
The Staple Singers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 and received a lifetime achievement award at the 2005 Grammys.
The family was also active in the civil rights movement and performed at the request of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
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Staples was born in Chicago on October 23, 1937, to Oceola and Roebuck Staples, who was known as Pops.
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And though she didn't necessarily want to, she also climbed back onstage to help guide her sister - who had became a bona fide star, who earned Grammy Awards, who was friends with Prince, who dated Bob Dylan and who sang at the White House.
The Staples Singers had a string of Excessive 40 hits with Stax throughout the late 1960s, incomes them the nickname God's greatest hitmakers.
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The newspaper reports that a Chicago funeral home confirmed that the 80-year-old singer passed away at her home on the city's South Shore. "Mavis is the voice.' She never cared about attention for herself". One time we were rehearsing and I said, 'Yvonne, tell me about that drummer in your band.' And she'd say, 'He's new to us.
She harmonized expertly with her sisters and they enjoyed a strong run of hits, usually in tandem with the Muscle Shoals rhythm section in Alabama.
"Yvonne got me", Mavis Staples later said. She began singing at a young age in church with her sister Mavis and brother Pervis. And that's when she started with the other words: 'Damn it, Mavis, ' and worse.
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