In an interview recorded onstage, Amir Questlove Thompson the cofounder and drummer of the Roots, the houseband for The Tonight Show talks with Terry Gross about music, his father doo wop singer Lee Andrews who died last month, and about Prince.
Singer Mavis Staples is best known for her part in The Staple Singers. The group will be awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2005 Grammy Awards. We rebroadcast an interview with Staples from June 2, 1989.
Soul and gospel singer Mavis Staples. As a member of the Staple singers for more than 30 years, she's had hits like "Respect Yourself," and "I'll Take You There," which went to Number One in the early 70s. Mavis Staples has also made several solo albums during the 70s and 80s. Mavis Staples was featured in Prince's 1988 "Lovesexy" tour, and Prince produced Staples new album, "Time Waits For No One." (Rebroadcast. Original date 6/2/89).
Staples' new album, Time Waits for No One, was produced by Prince. Early in life, she was discouraged from singing secular music, and later co-founded the gospel group The Staples Singers with members of her family.