Throwback Thursday: Mavis Staples

Mavis StaplesThis week for Throwback Thursday, WERS is playing a set of music from Mavis Staples in honor of her new album, One True Vine.

Mavis Staples was born July 10, 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and began her music career with her family group, The Staple Singers, in 1950. The Staple Singers consisted of Mavis, her sisters Cleotha, Pervis, Yvonne, and their father Roebuck “Pops” Staples. The family band went on the road touring in 1957 and the combination of Pops’ songs and Mavis’ singing created an enormous fan base. The Staples Singers soon became one of the many musical voices of the civil rights movement due to the close friendship between Pops and Martin Luther King Jr. Mavis continued to make albums with her family until 1984, but at the same time she ventured out to pursue a solo career. Staples made many albums throughout the years and switched labels many times. It was not until 2011 when she won her first Grammy Award in the Best Americana Album category for You Are Not Alone. One True Vine and You Are Not Alone were both produced by Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy. Staples and Tweedy seem like an unlikely pair, but her past two albums showcase the success of this collaboration between the two musicians.

Celebrate years of Mavis Staples with us today at 5pm on 88.9 WERS!

By Blaise Fritsche

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