Pervis Staples, a co-founder of the legendary Staple Singers, has died while Rolling Stone Reports of the death of staples were confirmed. RS By Adam Ayers, a member of Mavis Staples’ management team, Staples died at his home in Dalton, Illinois on May 6.The cause of death has not been announced.He was 85.
The Staples Singers was founded by Roebuck “Pops” Staples in 1948. Pops is the father of Pervis (tenor singers) and three sisters and bandmates of Pervis: Mavis, Cleotha and Yvonne. The family band started singing the gospel. But later switched to a more soulful sound and more pop R&B. Some of the best known recordings of the Staple Singers happened in the 1970s; Hits such as “Respect Yourself”, “If You’re Ready (Come With Me),” “Let’s Do It Again” (Produced by Curtis Mayfield) and more
In order to Rolling StoneMavis Staples says of her late brother, “Purvis is a funny and serious bug. He wants to be remembered as an honest person, always willing to help and encourage others. He’s a good guy and will go on living as a true Chicago legend. ”
She added that Pervis had toured with Sam Cooke, Lou Rawls and Jerry Butler in his youth. “Purvis and the guys would be standing under a light pole during the summer singing Duwop,” she said. Vis is also friends with Bob Dylan. (Main singer recorded Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” in 1965)
In 1999, the main vocalist was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.They received a lifetime achievement award at the 2005 Grammy Awards.
Pops Staples died in 2000, followed by Cleotha in 2013.In 2018, Yvonne Staples died after battling colon cancer.