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. She was diagnosed with cancer a couple of weeks ago.
She was not as enthusiastic about singing as the rest of her family, at a youthful age, nonetheless she stepped in to hitch the family group when her brother Pervis left for military service.
Their music - a mixture of gospel, soul, pop and funk - served as a backdrop to the Civil Rights Movement and the group members became symbols of black pride and achievement in the '70s.
The Staple Singers had a string of Top 40 hits and scored their first No. 1 with "I'll Take You There" in the early 1970s.
Explains Carpenter in The New York Times' obituary for Yvonne, "She was very content in that role".
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. At her death she was "pretty much retired", Mr. Carpenter said. "If this is what the contract said, this is what you better do".
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"Pressure? I didn't feel any pressure", she said in an interview.
Pops Staples died in 2000 and Cleotha Staples, the oldest of the three sisters, died in 2013. "Yvonne said, 'Mavis, your daddy would want you to keep singing".
The group could have been Yvonne's runway to stardom, and it was one that Mavis used to become a national R&B treasure herself. You've got to get up.
Yvonne Staples was the third of five children born to Pops Staples and his wife, Osceola, in 1937, after the family moved to the South Side of Chicago from a sharecroppers farm in Mississippi. "It woke me up".
Songs Yvonne staples people sang at the funeral and they sounded like a lullaby for babies. "But she was the eagle eye that saw every move somebody would make before they made it. ..."
The group's output slowed from a flood to a trickle in the 1980s, by which point Mavis was becoming a star in her own right.