The Staples Singers, also widely known as “God’s greatest hit makers” are an R&B and gospel group of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame acclaim. The group dominated the 1970s with hits including, “Respect Yourself” and “I’ll Take You There.”
Cleotha died at her Chicago home and was 78. Her legacy does not end with her death, however. It will live on through her sisters. Her sister and the group’s lead singer Marvis Staples, issued a statement saying, “We will keep on. Yvonne and I will continue singing to keep our father's legacy and our sister's legacy alive.” Marvis added that she would dedicate her next album to her sister’s memory.
The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. A few years later in 2005, they were honored with a lifetime achievement Grammy Award. The oldest Staples sister is survived by her siblings and remaining group members, Mavis, Yvonne and Pervis.
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