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Watch a Tireless 83 Year-Old Mavis Staples Perform in a Concert Recorded in Chicago

Daniel Hautzinger

Mavis Staples began performing with her family band, The Staple Singers, when she was eleven. She's still singing at 83, as in a concert recorded earlier this year at Chicago's Symphony Center that WTTW is broadcasting. 

"Respect Yourself": The Power of The Staple Singers

Daniel Hautzinger

The Staple Singers combined the Delta blues of Pops Staples' birthplace with the gospel of his adopted home in Chicago to become international stars and civil rights activists. Hear Bob Dylan and Harry Belafonte reminisce on the Staples and learn their history before Mavis headlines the Chicago Blues Fest.
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