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Cleotha Staples passes away

Fri, 22 Feb 2013 16:16:39 CST
By: AP

Grammy-winning singer Mavis Staples says her sister Cleotha Staples' soothing voice gave The Staple Singers its signature sound. Family friend and music publicist Bill Carpenter says Cleotha Staples died Thursday at her home in Chicago at age 78. Mavis Staples says she and her sister Yvonne will continue to sing to keep their sister's legacy alive. Mavis, Yvonne, Pervis, Cynthia and Cleotha made up The Staple Singers. The father Roebuck ``Pops'' Staples started the influential gospel group in Chicago. Mavis Staples says she just finished her second record with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and she will dedicate it to Cleotha's memory. Staples, known as ``Cleedi,'' was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with her family in 1999 and received a 2005 lifetime achievement award from the Grammys.

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