Pervis Staples — a fellow member of the story Lead Singers—Died, it seems Rolling Stone reports. Staples’ death was confirmed by The RS by Adam Ayers – a member of the Mavis Staples management team. Staples died at his home in Dolton, Illinois on May 6. The cause of death has not been announced. He is 85 years old.
Staples Singers was formed by Roebuck “Pops” Staples in 1948. Pops was Pervis ’father (who sang the tenor) and Pervis’ three sisters and partner: Mavis, Cleotha, and Yvonne. The family band initially sang gospel music, but later switched to more powerful soul sounds and R&B Some of the Staple Singers ’most famous recordings appeared in the 1970s; hits like “Respect Yourself, “”If You’re Ready (Kuyog Ka Kuyog),“”Let’s Do It Again”(Produced by Curtis Mayfield), and many more.
In a statement on Rolling Stone, Mavis Staples said of her deceased brother: “Pervis is one of a kind-funny and real flying. He wants to be remembered as a righteous man, always ready to help and encourage with. He is one of the good men and will live as a true Chicago legend. ”
He added that Pervis was regularly associated with Sam Cooke, Lou Rawls, and Jerry Butler in his youth. “Pervis and the guys would stand under the light poles in the summer singing doo-wop songs,” he said. Pervis was also a friend of Bob Dylan (the Staple Singers recorded a duet on “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” in 1965).
In 1999, the Staple Singers were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. They received a lifetime award held at the 2005 Grammy Awards.