Death of Cleotha Staples

February 22, 2013
Chicago, Illinois | Age 78

Eldest Staples Singers siblings dies
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Cleotha Staples, eldest of The Staple Singers siblings, dies after decade with Alzheimer's

By CARYN ROUSSEAU

Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — In a family of vocalists, it was Cleotha Staples' smooth and velvety voice that helped set apart the sound of the influential and best-selling gospel group The Staple Singers.

Staples, the eldest sister and member of the group her father Roebuck "Pops" Staples started in the 1940s, died Thursday at age 78. She was at...

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