- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 10, 2018

One of the sisters in the Staple Singers has reportedly died. Yvonne Staples was 80.

TMZ reported Tuesday, citing Chicago’s Leak & Sons Funeral Homes, that Ms. Staples had died at her home in Chicago.

Ms. Staples was the female baritone in the popular gospel and R&B group — three sisters (Yvonne, Mavis and Cleotha) and father Roebuck, better known just as “Pops.”

The family group, which had its roots in the Gospel music scene in Chicago’s black neighborhoods, had its heyday in the early 70s, topping the pop charts twice, with “I’ll Take You There” and “Let’s Do It Again.”

They also topped the R&B chart and had crossover pop hits with “Respect Yourself” and “If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me).”

The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2018.

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• Victor Morton can be reached at vmorton@washingtontimes.com.

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