Yvonne Staples, Manager And Singer Of The Staple Singers, Dead At 80

Yvonne Staples, Manager And Singer Of The Staple Singers, Dead At 80

Yvonne Staples, Manager And Singer Of The Staple Singers, Dead At 80

Singer Yvonne Staples poses for a portrait at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on March 4, 2011.

ALL ACCESS extends condolences to friends and family of YVONNE STAPLES of THE STAPLES SINGERS, she passed away in her hometown of CHICAGO, reports the CHICAGO-SUN TIMES.

The group eventually began recording secular soul and R&B music, and scored a series of major hits during the 1970s, including the chart-topping singles "I'll Take You There" and "Let's Do It Again".

Yvonne also joined Mavis as a background singer and manager for the elder Staple's successful solo career until recently.

They became proficient enough to start singing in churches throughout Chicago and the Midwest, and had their first national hit in 1957 with "Uncloudy Day". Together, the group crossed the lines between gospel, pop, funk and soul.

Knowing her sister was in pain and needed her, Yvonne sat Mavis down and talked some sense into her using a few stronger words than she generally did.

The Staple Singers were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 and received a lifetime achievement award at the 2005 Grammy Awards. "The family group's music was a vehicle for social activism, positive change and love".

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Songs Yvonne staples people sang at the funeral and they sounded like a lullaby for babies.

Between 1971 to 1975, the Staples Singers cracked the Top 40 eight times. She was 80 and had been battling colon cancer.

Yvonne Staples performs during the 2014 Newport Folk Festival at Fort Adams State Park on July 27, 2014 in Newport, Rhode Island. She also has an upcoming concert at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead, N.Y., in August.

Died legendary American singer Yvonne staples.

"Yvonne got me", Mavis Staples later said.

Her reasoning for helping out was simple, as she once said: "When Daddy asked us to do something, we did it". You've got to get up. "She said 'Mavis is the star. It woke me up". "But she was the eagle eye that saw every move somebody would make before they made it. ..."

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