Women Music March 2022 – Day 15 – Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples, 2006, photo by Tom Pich

Mavis Staples (born July 10, 1939) is an American rhythm and blues and gospel singer, actress, and civil rights activist.

Staples was born in Chicago, Illinois, on July 10, 1939. She began her career with her family group in 1950. Initially singing locally at churches and appearing on a weekly radio show, the Staples scored a hit in 1956 with “Uncloudy Day” for the Vee-Jay label. When Mavis graduated from what is now Paul Robeson High School in 1957, The Staple Singers took their music on the road. Led by family patriarch Roebuck “Pops” Staples on guitar and including the voices of Mavis and her siblings Cleotha, Yvonne, and Pervis, the Staples were called “God’s Greatest Hitmakers”.

She has recorded and performed with her family’s band The Staple Singers and also as a solo artist.

Staples was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Blues Hall of Fame in 2017. She has been nominated and/or won no less than 21 major music awards.


Studio albums


Live albums


Compilation albums






Soundtrack albums


Tribute albums


Mavis has also appeared in many films and television shows.

Some things to share:
Mavis has continued to be a human dynamo and is still going strong. Just a few recent performances in the past 5 years:

In January 2017, Staples was featured as a guest vocalist on “I Give You Power”, a single from Arcade Fire benefiting the American Civil Liberties Union. In February 2017, Staples appeared on NPR’s Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me! in the “Not My Job” segment, answering questions about the rock band The Shaggs. In April 2017, “Let Me Out”, a single from the fifth studio album by Gorillaz, Humanz, was released, featuring Staples and rapper Pusha T. Staples’ sixteenth album If All I Was Was Black was released on November 17, 2017. The record was again produced by Jeff Tweedy and contains all original songs cowritten by Mavis and Tweedy. Following the release, Staples toured with Bob Dylan. She also appeared on the 2017/18 Hootenanny. In 2018, she sang on Hozier’s single “Nina Cried Power“. In May 2019, Staples celebrated her 80th birthday with a concert at the Apollo Theater, 63 years after first appearing at the theater as a teenager with her family band, the Staple Singers, in 1956. The show, which featured special guest artists, including David Byrne and Norah Jones, is one of a series of collaborative concerts she staged in May to commemorate her 80th birthday. She also performed at the 2019 Glastonbury Festival. On June 3, 2020, Staples collaborated on the track ‘pulling the pin‘ with Run The Jewels (and Josh Homme) on their fourth studio album RTJ4.

Official website: here

Source: wikipedia which has a wealth of information about Ms. Mavis Staples, Living Legend


14 Comments Add yours

  1. Liam says:

    Another one of my favorite vocalists!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Do you know at one point she imagined what it would be like to be married to Bob Dylan?

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  2. Dale says:

    Love Mavis!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Her voice is danged compelling isn’t it.

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      1. Dale says:

        It really is.

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  3. Badfinger (Max) says:

    I saw her on a scorching July day outside when even she was talking about the heat. She opened for her former boyfriend “Bobby” Dylan. There is not enough that I can say about this lady. She sounded outstanding…Wonderful personality.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      How very very cool. I know she imagined what it would be like to be married to Bobby. Did those two have a fling or was it unrequited? I love that tune The Staples Singers do on The Last Waltz. They have a spiritual tone to their voices that really works well.

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      1. Badfinger (Max) says:

        You got me curious…I know she did I’ll Take You There so I foudn a setlist at the bottom…I think it was before either one of them were real big….when Bob liked the Staple Singers.

        If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me)
        Take Us Back
        For What It’s Worth
        Love and Trust
        Freedom Highway
        Can You Get to That
        I’ll Take You There

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Neat, Max. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. memadtwo says:

    A living legend. She is everywhere–I don’t think she ever turns down a gig. Generous and big hearted too. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Kerfe, she is. I love the sound of her voice!

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  5. What a dynamite lady. Her beautiful personality shines through in that NPR Tiny Desk Concert, which is a fantastic program! This is where Booker T Jones demoed the Hammond B-3, one of my all-time favorite YouTube music clips!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, she is, Christian. I love those NPR Tiny Desk Concerts! I remember that Booker T one and also a Sharyl Crow one.

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