Gladys Knight

Cleotha Staples: 5 Facts About the Soul Music Legend

Posted on 02/22/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyWhen such Staple Singers‘ hits as “I’ll Take You There” and “If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me)” came on the radio, it was easy to get lost in Mavis Staples’ raspy, soulful contralto lead vocals. But if you listened closer, another part of what made the Chicago gospel-soul group’s distinctive sound was the deft soprano harmony of Mavis’ sister Cleotha, who died on Feb. 21 at age 78 in Chicago. In the words of Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot, Cleotha’s …

Good TV This Week: Gladys Knight Upbeat on ‘DWTS’

Posted on 03/19/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentGladys Knight is 67, but she has kept up a schedule that could frighten a 20-year-old as she’s trained for “Dancing With the Stars.”  It’s been four or five hours of dance rehearsal in the morning, performing a concert at night, travel by plane or bus the next day, rehearsal, concert, travel, repeat. The proud grandmother of 17 — and great grandma of four, with one on the way – is one of three 50+ competitors on this season’s “DWTS,” …