Yvonne Staples of The Staple Singers Has Died

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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.

The Staple Singers, Pervis Staples, Cleotha Staples, Yvonne Staples and Mavis Staples, perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans April 27, 1985.

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. They performed in churches around Chicago, toured the South and became active in the civil rights movement, traveling with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Yvonne Staples was born in Chicago, the middle daughter of Roebuck "Pops" and Oceola Staples.

The Staple Singers were known for their lovely harmonies.

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The gospel group exploded onto the scene in 1957 with its first hit, "Uncloudy Day", and would later become an important mainstay of Memphis's Stax Records, recording several Top 40 hits there in the late 1960s.

Her reasoning for helping out was simple, as she once said: "When Daddy asked us to do something, we did it".

Vocalist Yvonne Staples of The Staples Singers has died at the age of 80. "She was a reluctant singer, but she knew Mavis needed her, so she sang with her every night onstage". "She said 'Mavis is the star".

Pops Staples died on December 19, 2000. She stopped performing until her sister intervened, with typical directness. "Yvonne said, 'Mavis, your daddy would want you to keep singing". Yvonne continued to provide background vocals for her younger sister Mavis when she explored a solo career.

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

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