Yvonne Staples, the member of The Staple Singers, has died at the age of 80 and according to the Chicago Sun Times, the baritone powerhouse passed at home in South Shore. The cause of death of the songstress has not been revealed yet.
The Staple Singers included Yvonne, along with her their father Pops Staples and her sisters Cleotha and Mavis. Born to Pops Staples and Oceola Staples in Chicago in 1936 helped the group rise to the top of the music charts and get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.
Yvonne Staples, Member of The Staple Singers, Dies at Age 80:Details
Source: Columbus News Team
Yvonne was best known for contributing to hits I'll Take You There, Respect Yourself, and Heavy Makes You Happy.
The Staple Singers formed in 1945, but Yvonne only join the family group when her brother was drafted into the military in 1970.
The R&B band made over 30 records during their career, and found their greatest chart hits in the early 1970s. It received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.
In a 1972 documentary of a Los Angeles concert called Wattstax - which is also known as Black Woodstock - their performance stood out.
Pops Staples died in 2000, while Yvonne's sister Cleotha passed away after a 12-year battle with Alzheimer's in 2013.
Mavis Staples is now the only surviving member of the group.