Yvonne Staples of the Stax group The Staple Singers dies


Yvonne Staples (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Stax Museum in Memphis says Yvonne Staples, a member of Stax Records group The Staple Singers, has died at age 80.

Though she lived in Chicago, the Staple Singers were originally from the Mid-South and produced hits at Memphis-based Stax including “Respect Yourself” and “I’ll take You There” in the early 1970s.

The group was inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2012.

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