Yvonne Staples, Baritone And Manager For Staple Singers, Dies At 80

Yvonne Staples, Baritone And Manager For Staple Singers, Dies At 80

She was 80 and had been battling colon cancer.

Yvonne joined the group in 1971 when Pervis left to join the military. The group, whose music blended gospel, soul and pop, had a string of hit songs in the 1970s. She went on to contribute to some of their most successful tracks like "I'll Take You There" (which reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1972) and "Respect Yourself" (which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard charts in 1971), and "Let's Do It Again", which topped the charts in 1975.

Mavis Staples (R) and Yvonne Staples (L) perform after they and the rest of the Staples Singers accepted their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at the 14th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel, March 15. Mavis once credited Yvonne for restarting her career after the death of their father in 2000 left her depressed and unmotivated.

"She didn't want to talk about her own singing, " Carpenter said.

Yvonne Staples was Mavis Staples's road manager until recent years, Carpenter said. The group began in the 1940's and signed their first record label contract in 1952.

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Cleotha Staples died in 2013.

"Yvonne got me", Mavis Staples later said. "She said 'Mavis is the star". You've got to get up.

The family's music occupation had its roots with Pops Staples, a information labourer who strummed a guitar whereas instructing his kids gospel songs to keep up them entertained throughout the evenings. "It woke me up".

The Staple Singers - "Respect Yourself" live at Wattstax from Scott Serota on Vimeo. "But she was the eagle eye that saw every move somebody would make before they made it. ..."

The group could have been Yvonne's runway to stardom, and it was one that Mavis used to become a national R&B treasure herself.

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