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.
Stax Records fans. Our hearts are just crushed at the news of the passing of our dear friend Yvonne Staples of The Staple Singers. Mavis Staples & Purvis, our thoughts are with you. Along with Yvonne, you all made… https://t.co/nhhIyox4O3
— Stax Museum (@StaxMemphis) April 10, 2018