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February 25, 2013 4:43 AM   Subscribe

When Staple Singers hits like I’ll Take You There and If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me) came on the radio, it was easy to get lost in Mavis Staples’ raspy, soulful lead vocals. But if you listened closer, a key element in the Chicago gospel-soul group’s warmly distinctive sound was the deft soprano harmony of Mavis’ sister Cleotha Staples, who died on Feb. 21 at age 78 in Chicago. RIP Cleotha Staples.
posted by flapjax at midnite (17 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
Cleotha's soprano was an indispensable part of the Staples sound. I'd heard that she was suffering from Alzheimer's in recent years.

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posted by Cash4Lead at 6:03 AM on February 25, 2013


Mercy!
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posted by DigDoug at 6:31 AM on February 25, 2013


Trib obit.
posted by timsteil at 6:34 AM on February 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


Uncloudy day
posted by gwint at 7:31 AM on February 25, 2013


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(It's also a shame that the pic at the top of the Trib obit is of the Temptations. She deserves her picture up there bright as day).
posted by Leezie at 7:36 AM on February 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


Shame she suffered Alzheimer's we'll miss her voice.

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posted by 1367 at 7:25 PM on February 25, 2013


Dammit.

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posted by MexicanYenta at 4:13 AM on February 27, 2013


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