Hall Of Fame Singer Passes Away Leaving Thousands To Mourn

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April 10, 2018

Yvonne Staples is a beloved musician who won over the hearts of her fans during her time in her family’s band, the “Staple Singers.” She performed in the band with her father, Roebuck “Pops” Staples, and her siblings Cleotha, Pervis and Mavis, and it was truly a family experience for them all.

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Yvonne’s baritone voice paired wonderfully with her family’s style, and she would fill in when her brother, Pervis, was drafted into military service and once more in 1970. With her help, the family was able to make it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.

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The Staple Singers got their start singing in Chicago-area churches in 1948, singing at the Mount Zion Church in Chicago where Pops’ brother, Rev. Chester Staples, was the pastor. The band quickly rose to fame, and in 1952 they signed their first professional contract.

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When they first got their start, the band recorded acoustic gospel-folk style music like “Uncloudy Day” and “Will the Circle Be Broken?”. Their songs were so influential that in 2015, Bob Dylan said “it was the most mysterious thing I’d ever heard…”

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The family would go on to record other hits likes “Respect Yourself,” “Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom-Boom),” “Let’s Do It Again,” and “I’ll Take You There.” In 2005, the group was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Pops passed away in December 2000 after he suffered complications caused by a concussion. Cleotha passed on February 21, 2013, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's. Mavis has continued to perform.

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Please pray for Yvonne’s family as they face this difficult loss. She will be sorely missed by all who loved her. If you get the chance today, maybe take a moment to listen to some of their music and enjoy the sounds they brought to the world.

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