Cleotha Staples of The Staple Singers, dies at 78

February 25, 2013   // 0 Comments

Cleotha Staples, the eldest sibling in the influential gospel group The Staple Singers, has died. She was 78. Staples died Thursday at her Chicago home after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for the past decade, said family friend and music publicist Bill Carpenter. The family’s music career had its roots with Roebuck “Pops” Staples, a manual laborer who strummed a $10 guitar while teaching ...

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