The Staple Sisters
The Staple Singers were an American soul, gospel, and R&B singing group. Roebuck "Pops" Staples born in 1914 and died on 2000 was the founder of this group along with his children, Cleotha (1934–2013), Pervis (b. 1935), and Mavis (b. 1939). Yvonne Staples born in 1937 and who recently died in 2018, had replaced her brother when he got drafted into the U.S. Army, and then again in 1970. Staple Sisters are best known for their 1970's hits 'Respect Yourself', 'I'll Take You There', 'If You're Ready (Come Go with Me)', and 'Let's Do It Again. The song 'I'll Take You There' topped the charts on the Hot 100 within a week from Christmas Day. The group used the name 'Staples' after their family name.
The 2015 documentary film 'Mavis!' chronicles the history of The Staple Singers and also follows Mavis Staples' solo career after his father, Pops Staples' death. Directed by Jessica Edwards, the film premiered at the 2015 South by Southwest Film Festival and was also broadcasted by HBO in February, 2016.
The Staple Singers were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2018, which was a great achievement.
It was Yvonne Staples whose wonderful voice and business sense powered the success of the Staple Singers. The Staple Sisters songs topped the charts in the early 1970s and the most famous one being “I’ll Take You There.” Yvonne Staple died on April 10th 2018 at her home in Chicago. She was 80. The cause of her death was colon cancer.
Staples used to perform along with her sisters Mavis and Cleotha and their father, Roebuch 'Pops' Staples. He was also the founder of the gospel group. They have given us hits like 'Respect Yourself', 'I'll Take You There', 'Be What You Are', 'Let's Do It Again' and many such others. 'Be What You Are' is a 1973 soul album by The Staple Singers. It reached number 13 on the Billboard Top Soul LPs chart. Their album, 'Be Altitude: Respect Yourself' was released in 1972. 'Be Altitude: Respect Yourself' included the hit songs "I'll Take You There" and "Respect Yourself".
As a young girl, Yvonne was not too interested in singing but she plunged into it to take the place of her brother, Pervis, who had been drafted into the military service.
Yvonne Staples wasn’t as interested in singing as the rest of her family but stepped in when her brother, Pervis, left for military service. Yvonne Staples used to help her father with their business tasks.
“She was very no nonsense but at the same time had a heart of gold,” A close friend of the Staples said, “But when it came to business she was very strict. If this is what the contract said, this is what you better do.”
Ms. Staples was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with her family in 1999. The group also earned a lifetime achievement award from the Grammy's in 2005. But in spite of the fame, Yvonne was not interested in it.
“She didn’t want to talk about her own singing,” Yvonne's family friend said, “She said, ‘Mavis is the star. Mavis is the voice.’ She never cared about attention for herself.”
The family’s music career began due to their father Pops Staples who was a manual laborer who used to play a $10 guitar while teaching his children gospel songs to keep them entertained in the evenings. It was a wonderful performance at the church that convinced their family and Pops to take up music as their future and eventually, 'The Staples Sisters' group was born.
After two decades later, the group became a major hit. The Staples had signed a contract with multiple record labels like Epic and Stax Records. The group got their first hit under the label Stax with the song, “Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom-Boom)” in 1971. The Staple Singers had a string of Top 40 hits in the late 1960s, and getting them the nickname of “God’s greatest hit makers.” “Let’s Do It Again,” released in 1975, also became a pop hit in the U.S.
Eventually, the family also got active in the civil rights movement after hearing that Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a sermon while they were on tour in Montgomery, Ala., in 1962. They went on to perform at various events at King’s request.
It was during that period that the family started recording protest songs, such as “Freedom Highway,” as well as gospel.
Pops death came in 2000. Cleotha Staples died in 2013. The Staple Singers received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, following “Pops” Staples death in 2000. Cleotha Staples died in 2013.
Yvonne Staples is survived by her brother and sister, Pervis and Mavis who happen to be the last living members of the group.
Net worth of the singer
The net worth of the singer is currently unknown.