STA­PLE SINGER AND MAN­AGER

BORN 1937

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When her brother Pervis left the Sta­ple Singers, Yvonne Sta­ples adopted a front­line role along­side her fa­ther Pops and her sis­ters Cleotha and Mavis in the long-es­tab­lished, gospel-rooted, civil rights-pro­mot­ing singing group. Their most suc­cess­ful pe­riod fol­lowed, as Oc­to­ber 1971’s Re­spect Your­self hit Num­ber 12 US and I’ll Take You There made Num­ber 1 in Fe­bru­ary ’72. More big sellers en­sued, in­clud­ing 1975’s Let’s Do It Again, and in 1976 the group sang The Weight with The Band on The Last Waltz, though com­mer­cial suc­cess waned there­after. Through­out, although pos­sess­ing a strong voice, Yvonne was con­tent to sing back­ing and to man­age the group, mo­ti­vat­ing and as­sist­ing sis­ter Mavis in the same ca­pac­ity with her solo ca­reer. Clive Prior

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