Yvonne Staples of the famed Staples Singers has died in her hometown of Chicago. She was 80.
Yvonne Staples appeared alongside her sisters Mavis and Cleotha along with their father, Pops Staples to form the gospel, soul, and R&B singing Staples Singers.
Their hits included “Respect Yourself” and “I’ll Take You There.”
The group was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammys in 2005.
The Staples Singers originally included Pops, Mavis, Cleotha, and their brother Pervis, but when Pervis was drafted into the US Army, Yvonne took his place in the group.
Their first No. 1 hit was “I’ll Take You There” in 1972. “Let’s Do It Again” reached the No. 1 spot again in 1975.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Staples family during this difficult time.