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Yvonne Staples of hit-making Staple Singers dies in Chicago

FILE - This March 15, 1999 file photo shows the sibling group The Staples Singers, from left, Pervis, Cleotha, Pops, Mavis, and Yvonne at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York. Yvonne Staples, whose voice and business acumen powered the success of her family's Staples Singers gospel group, has died at age 80. The Chicago funeral home Leak and Sons says that she died Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at home in Chicago. (AP Photo/Albert Ferreira, file)
April 10, 2018 - 2:58 PM

CHICAGO - Yvonne Staples, whose voice and business acumen powered the success of the Staple Singers, has died at age 80.

The Chicago funeral home Leak and Sons says she died Tuesday at her home in Chicago.

Staples' family gospel group had a string of Top 40 hits in the late 1960s, and scored their first No. 1 hit with "I'll Take You There."

She also performed with her sisters Mavis and Cleotha and their father Pops on other hits, including "Respect Yourself."

The Chicago Sun-Times reports the family was active in civil rights and performed at the request of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, and honoured with a lifetime achievement award from the Grammys in 2005.

A family friend says Yvonne Staples was "no nonsense" but "had a heart of gold."

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