Cleotha Staples Dies At Age 78

Cleotha StaplesCleotha Staples died in Chicago on February 21, 2013, after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Cleotha was the eldest sister and member of the group “The Staple Singers”, which Roebuck “Pops” Staples (the father) started in the 1940s. The group are best known for their 1970s hits “Respect Yourself”, “I’ll Take You There”, “If You’re Ready (Come Go with Me)”, and “Let’s Do It Again”.

In 1999, the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Pops Staples died of complications from a concussion suffered in December 2000. In 2005, the group was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Mavis Staples has continued to carry on the family tradition and continues to add her vocal talents to both the projects of other artists and her own solo ventures.