Legendary American Gospel And R&B Vocalist Dies At 80

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April 12, 2018

Yvonne Staples, a vocalist of the American gospel and R&B group, the Staple Singers, has died. After suffering from colon cancer, she died at 80 years old.

Yvonne began singing as a background vocalist for her families band in 1971. She enjoyed working behind the scenes as well and later grew to manage the band’s business affairs. She sang along in the Staple Singers’ biggest songs, “Respect Yourself” and “I’ll Take You There.”

She worked hard as a vocalist and manager but she never had any desire to be the lead vocalist, even though she had a gorgeous and powerful voice. Her voice complimented her family’s voices and together, they created a popular sound of gospel, R&B, and pop music.

Yvonne sang backup for his sister, Mavis Staples, after the Staple Singers ended. For nearly 30 years, Yvonne and her sister sang together while Yvonne managed her solo career.

After being diagnosed with Colon Cancer, she began to slow down with work.

She was practically retired from working when she passed. She was survived by her brother, Pervis, and her sister, Mavis.

Were you a Staples Singers fan? What was your favorite song?

We are grateful that she is not suffering anymore. Please pray for her loved ones left behind.

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