Monday, May 20, 2024

RIP The Great Yvonne Staples of the Famed Staples Singers Passes Away at Age 80


Everyone knows the name Mavis Staples these days, which is great. But Mavis grew up singing with her family– her dad, Pops Staples and sister Yvonne. Yvonne also took care of the family business. Until a few years ago she organized Mavis’s solo career as well. You can hear Yvonne on all the great Staples Singers hits, from “Crying in the Chapel” to “I’ll Take You There” and “Respect Yourself.” I knew her for a long time, she was so lovely and a great pal. I enjoyed seeing her so much and missed her a lot in the last few years as she became unable to travel. She was just one of the sweethearts of the world and of the music world. She will be sorely missed by her family and close friends, and I will miss seeing her.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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