Pervis Staples Bio, Wiki
Pervis Staples was a member of The Staple Singers, an American gospel, soul, and R&B singing group. His tenor voice complemented his father’s and sisters’ in the legendary gospel group The Staple Singers. He is being reported to have died, a spokesman announced Wednesday, May 12th at the age of 85.
Pervis Staples Career
Pervis Staples was born November 18, 1935, in Drew, Mississippi. He and his family moved to Chicago for economic opportunities. That is where Roebuck Staples started teaching his children gospel songs to entertain them and occupy their time.
Pervis Staples sang gospel songs with his father, the guitar-playing Roebuck “Pops” Staples, and sisters Mavis, Yvonne, and Cleotha in Chicago churches before gaining a national following when they began recording songs such as “So Soon,” “If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again,” “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” and “Uncloudy Day” for Vee Jay records in the 1950s.
The group gained fame in the 1960s by singing music that urged change on a variety of social and religious issues. The Staple Singers gained a huge audience with their first No. 1 hit, “I’ll Take You There” in 1972 and followed with top 40 hits “Respect Yourself,” “Heavy Makes You Happy,” and “If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me).”
Pervis Staples was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his family in 1999. The group also received a lifetime achievement award from the Grammys in 2005.
Pervis Staples Death & Cause
Pervis Staples died on May 6th, 2020 at his home in Dalton, Illinois, as per Adam Ayers, a spokesman for Staples’ sister, Mavis Staples. He was 85 years old at the time of his death. The cause of death wasn’t given.
Pervis Staples, RIP, at age 85. The singer was a vital member of the Staple Singers in the '50s & '60s, and was instrumental in opening up the group's repertoire to contemporary protest songs, particularly those of a young artist named @bobdylan. Here's an excerpt … (1/4) pic.twitter.com/QAyra9OVvl
— Greg Kot (@gregkot) May 12, 2021
Mavis Staples, the lone survivor of the group, said in a statement that her brother’s childhood was filled with wonderful experiences.
“He liked to think of this period of his life as setting the stage for all that he wanted to do in life,” she said. “Some of Pervis’ best friends as a youngster included Sam Cooke, Lou Rawls, and Jerry Butler. Pervis and the guys would stand under the lamp posts in the summertime singing doo-wop songs.”
Pervis Staples was preceded in death by his parents, Roebuck and Oceola; and three sisters, Cynthia, Cleotha, and Yvonne. He is survived by his six children, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Monday in Chicago.