This item on the passing of Cleotha "Cleedi" Staples was first added as a reply today to the thread that pays tribute to Levon Helm of The Band, but after adding more to it I decided to create a new one so more people would see it. The first thing that came to my mind when I heard the news was the song "The Weight", which she and Pops and the sisters performed on at The Band's "The Last Waltz" concert (see the link below).
Listening to these tunes today reminded me that you don't have to be religious to be a fan of the type of gospel music brought to us by The Staple Singers and others in the business to appreciate it.
This weekend we lost Cleotha "Cleedi" Staples, the oldest of the sisters from the Staple Singers. She is in a far better place now than where she has been in the last 12 years or so of her life. She will be missed.
The love that she and her sisters and Pops put into "The Weight" at The Last Waltz concert easily makes that my favorite tune from the concert. I never seem to be able to listen to it just once.
A few minutes ago while playing it I learned something new about that performance while reading the comments on the youtube page for the song. Well, check them out for yourself, and see what I learned. I was listening to the tune for the 4th time while writing the comment I added, and now I'm on number 5!
obituary for Cleotha Staples containing some songs from the Staple Singers first gospel album in 1959:
Thanks for the love, Cleedi ... thanks for the love!
While writing this I have been reunited with some of the other songs from the Staples family, some that I had not heard for a while, and found some I had not heard before.