Pervis Staples in the seminal gospel group The Lead Singers died May 6 at age 85 at his home in Dolton, Illinois.
News of his departure was announced on May 12 and confirmed by Adam Ayers, a member of his sister Mavis Staples‘management team. The cause of death is now unknown. Funeral services will be held May 17 in Chicago.
“Pervis is a class – comic and proper flight,” Mavis said in a statement. “He wanted to be remembered as a righteous man, always willing to help and encourage others. He was one of the good men and lived as a true Chicago legend.”
Pervis Staples was born in November 1935 in Drew, Mississippi before his family moved to Chicago. Staple Singers was founded in 1948 when the family patriarch Roebuck “Pop” Staples, began performing with Pervis and his other children, Cleotha and Mavis. Some late sister Yvonne first with the band after Pervis was called up for military service.
In the group, Pervis sang tenor and supported Pop along with Mavis and Cleotha. He eventually pushed his father to branch out into more secular music, which led to Pervis and Mavis recording a famous cover of “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall”.
Staple Singers was later released in 1968 Soul Human Action, Pervis left the group. He took over the management of Hutchinson Sunbeams in Chicago, which later became Emotions, and opened the successful nightclub Perv’s House.
In 1999, Pervis and the group were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, with the Rec recording Academy “they left a mark on the enthusiastic voices, righteous convictions and dance music message of the decades. The Gospel Music Hall of Fame used The Staple Singers in 2018.
Pop Staples died in 2000 and Cleotha died in 2003, while Yvonne was expelled from the world in 2018. Mavis continues to record new music, which has been released We’re done in 2019 and appears on the track Run the Jewels ’2020,“ Pull the Pin ”.