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The Number Ones

The Number Ones: The Staple Singers’ “I’ll Take You There”

In The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958,
Tom Breihan | February 27, 2019 - 10:22 am

2017 In Review

10 Protest Songs That Defined 2017

Whichever side you’re on in the "art is inherently political" debate, there are certain eras wherein political turmoil overwhelmed artistic output. From the '60s through…
Sophie Israelsohn | December 12, 2017 - 1:13 pm

Sounding Board

9 Times This Decade Mavis Staples Was As Vital As Ever

"Mama Mavis, oh my mama they try my patience. It’s gone, who’s left to save us? I’m praying for my neighbors," raps Pusha T on…
Margaret Farrell | May 5, 2017 - 10:49 am

More Mavis Staples stories

Watch Mavis Staples’ 80th Birthday Show In Los Angeles With Jason Isbell, Phoebe Bridgers, Brandi Carlile, & More

The legendary soul and gospel singer Mavis Staples turns 80 years old in July, and she's celebrating in style. Tomorrow, she's releasing We Get By,…
Peter Helman | May 23, 2019 - 10:59 am

Mavis Staples – “We Get By” (Feat. Ben Harper) Video

Back in March, renowned gospel and soul singer Mavis Staples announced her 12th studio album, We Get By. Two other recent albums, 2013's One True Vine
Keely Quinlan | May 15, 2019 - 11:15 am

Watch David Byrne & Mavis Staples Sing The Talking Heads At Her 80th Birthday Show At The Apollo

David Byrne and Mavis Staples are two legends who come from vastly different musical traditions, but they've got a long history with each other. And…
Tom Breihan | May 10, 2019 - 9:24 am

Mavis Staples – “Change”

Legendary gospel singer Mavis Staples teamed up with producer Jeff Tweedy for a pair of albums, most recently 2017's If All I Was Was Black.
Julia Gray | March 20, 2019 - 9:58 am

Watch Keith Richards, Mavis Staples, Donald Fagen, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, More Perform At Love Rocks NYC Benefit

Last night, a pretty tremendous lineup of stars gathered at New York's Beacon Theater to play the second annual Love Rocks benefit. The show raised…
Tom Breihan | March 16, 2018 - 10:29 am

Mavis Staples – “If All I Was Was Black” Video

Last year, the soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples teamed up with producer Jeff Tweedy for her album If All I Was Was Black. Today,…
Tom Breihan | February 12, 2018 - 9:34 am

Watch Mavis Staples Perform “Build A Bridge” On Kimmel

Last fall, Mavis Staples released a new album, If All I Was Was Black, which she worked on with Jeff Tweedy, and last night she…
James Rettig | January 16, 2018 - 10:10 am

Mavis Staples – “Ain’t No Doubt About It” (Feat. Jeff Tweedy)

Mavis Staples is releasing a new album, If All I Was Was Black, at the end of the week. She worked on the whole album…
James Rettig | November 14, 2017 - 10:29 am

Watch Mavis Staples Perform With Jeff Tweedy On Colbert

For the past few years, the Chicago soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples has been working with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, and she'll release her…
Tom Breihan | November 8, 2017 - 10:47 am

Mavis Staples – “Build A Bridge”

Mavis Staples is releasing a new album, If All I Was Was Black, next week. She worked on it with Jeff Tweedy, and she's already…
James Rettig | November 7, 2017 - 5:39 pm

Mavis Staples – “Little Bit”

Next month, Mavis Staples is releasing a new album, If All I Was Was Black, that she worked on with Jeff Tweedy. We've already heard…
James Rettig | October 12, 2017 - 10:54 am

Watch Tom Waits’ Surprise Appearance With Mavis Staples Live At Lagunitas

Last night, Mavis Staples performed at the Lagunitas Brewery in California, and she brought out Tom Waits for a rare live performance as a surprise…
James Rettig | September 12, 2017 - 5:15 pm

Mavis Staples – “If All I Was Was Black”

Mavis Staples' most recent album, last year's Livin' On A High Note, saw the legendary singer singing songs written by a cadre of famous songwriters;…
James Rettig | September 11, 2017 - 10:00 am
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