She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with her family in 1999.
The Staple Singers, from left, Pops Staples, Cleotha Staples, Yvonne Staples and Mavis Staples, perform on a TV show in 1970 in Manhattan.
The family moreover grew to turn into energetic throughout the civil rights movement after listening to the Reverend Martin Luther King junior ship a sermon whereas that they had been on tour in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1962.
Yvonne's sister, Cleotha, the oldest of the Staples siblings, died in 2013 after a 12-year battle with Alzheimer's.
Together with her sisters Mavis and Cleotha and their father, Roebuck "Pops" Staples, on guitar, the Staple Singers were a force in American gospel, R&B and soul and left their distinct footprint in the genres of rock, pop and folk as well. "She said "Mavis is the star".
Her father formed the Staple Singers with his children Pervis, Mavis and Cleotha in 1948.
The newspaper said that Pops once told them that their mom Oceola helped with costumes and 'took care of everything, all the details'.
Two decades later, the group became an unlikely hit maker for the Stax label.
Between 1971 to 1975, the Staples Singers cracked the Top 40 eight times.
It was during this period that the family began recording protest songs, such as "Freedom Highway, " as well as gospel.
Mavis Staples, 78, is the only remaining Staples sister and is scheduled to perform at the Baton Rouge Blues Festival this Saturday.
When Pervis was drafted into the army, Yvonne replaced him; she joined the group in 1971.
Pops Staples died in 2000 and the group dissolved. You've got to get up. "It woke me up". "But she was the eagle eye that saw every move somebody would make before they made it".