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Yvonne Staples of hit-making Staple Singers dies in Chicago

Yvonne Staples, whose voice and business acumen powered the success of the Staple Singers, her family's hit-making gospel group that topped the charts in the early 1970s with the song "I'll Take You There," has died. She was 80.

Staples died Tuesday at home in Chicago, according to Chicago funeral home Leak and Sons.

She performed with her sisters Mavis and Cleotha and their father, Pops, on hits such as "Respect Yourself" and "I'll Take You There," their first No. 1 hit. The family was also active in civil rights and performed at the request of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

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