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

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Yvonne Staples, Member and Manager of the Staple Singers, Dies at 80

Below, watch a video of The Staple Singers performing "Respect Yourself" and "I'll Take You There" at their RRHoF induction ceremony.

The Staple Singers were formed in 1948 by the patriarch of the family, Roebuck "Pops" Staples.

Photo The Staples Singers at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in NY in 1999. The Staple Singers initially were a popular gospel act that took part in many civil rights rallies and protests, often with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Roebuck "Pops" Staples brought his family from MS to Chicago so that he could work in the steel and meat industries.

The Staple Singers were known for their attractive harmonies. Several times, the album held chart hits Middle West, and for the song Respect Yourself performed by Yvonne, the group received the prestigious award "Grammy" in the nomination "For contribution to development of world musical culture".

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From 1971, Yvonne performed with the group as they went from the socially conscious work of the 1960s to their most commercial period with Stax Records.

"Yvonne was always the quietest one", family friend and country singer Marty Stuart said in an interview a few years ago.

But when her father died in 2000, Mavis nearly gave up on music.

Yvonne Staples, singer in legendary family soul outfit The Staple Singers, passed away on Thursday at the age of 80 after a battle with colon cancer. Yvonne still worked with her sister, choosing to again return to the business side of the industry, where she quietly excelled. "Yvonne said, 'Mavis, your daddy would want you to keep singing". She is survived by her brother, Pervis Staples, and her sister, Mavis Staples. You've got to get up. "But she was the eagle eye that saw every move somebody would make before they made it. ..." She later took on the added role of manager.

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