Mavis Staples & Jeff Tweedy

  • Aired:  10/06/10
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Mavis Staples discusses her arranged marriage with Jeff Tweedy, recalls opening for Martin Luther King Jr. and denies singing the devil's music. (5:19)

EVERYBODY.

MY GUESTS TONIGHT ARE A SOUL

LEGEND AND AN INDY ROCK ICON.

TOGETHER THEY'RE AN INDY-SOUL

LEDGICON.

PLEASE WELCOME MAVIS STAPLES AND

JEFF TWEEDY.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

WHOO!

THANKS SO MUCH.

>> MY PLEASURE.

>> Stephen: THANKS FOR COMING

ON.

ALL RIGHT, YOU TWO, YOU,

MS. STAPLES, THANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR COMING ON.

YOU'RE A LEGEND OF NOT ONLY

GOSPEL, BUT YOU'VE BEEN

NOMINATED FOR ROCK, SOUL, BLUES.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: FOLK.

I'M ASSUMING FUNK.

WHY HAVEN'T YOU FOUND YOUR SOUND

YET?

[LAUGHTER]

WHY WON'T YOU SETTLE DOWN ON ONE

THING AND REALLY TRY THE MAKE A

GO OF IT?

>> YOU KNOW, I LIKE VARIETY.

WHATEVER... I THINK I'VE FOUND

IT NOW.

WITH THIS GUY.

>> Stephen: JEFF, YOU'RE A

FRIEND OF THE SHOW.

GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

THANK YOU FOR WEARING YOUR

FORMAL PLAID SHIRT.

[LAUGHTER]

HOW DID YOU TWO GET TOGETHER?

I MEAN, HOW DO TWO SUCH

DISPARATE TALENTS COME TOGETHER?

IS THERE LIKE A SITE, LIKE

E-HARMONIZE WHERE YOU GET

TOGETHER?

HOW DID THIS COME ABOUT?

>> I THINK OUR MANAGEMENT WAS IN

CAHOOTS.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: IT WAS AN

ARRAIGNED MARRIAGE?

>> YES.

>> Stephen: REALLY?

WHEN WERE YOU INFORMED, AFTER

THE DEAL WAS SIGNED?

>> I THINK SO.

I WAS TOLD BY MY MANAGEMENT THAT

I MIGHT HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO

HELP MAVIS MAKE A RECORD, AND

SHE WAS TOLD BY HER MANAGEMENT

THAT JEFF TWEEDY WANTED TO HELP

HER MAKE A RECORD.

>> Stephen: THAT'S NICE.

>> AFTER WE GOT TO KNOW EACH

OTHER, WE FIGURED IT OUT.

THEY HAD A PLAN.

>> Stephen: SO YOU'RE BOTH

FROM CHICAGO.

>> WE ARE.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE NORTH SIDE.

YOU'RE SOUTH SIDE.

>> I'M SOUTH SIDE.

>> Stephen: WAS THERE ANY

UNCOMFORTABLE LIKE CUBS-SOX

ARGUMENTS DURING ANY OF THAT?

>> NO.

>> IT DIDN'T COME INTO THE

CONVERSATION, BUT I LIKE THE

SOX.

>> Stephen: YOU LIKE THE SOX.

AND YOU DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT

THE CUBS?

MOST CUBS FANS DON'T.

>> I DON'T ARGUE WITH HER ABOUT

ANYTHING.

>> Stephen: NOW, MAVIS, YOU

AND YOUR FAMILY, THE STAPLES

SINGERS, LEGENDARY IN THE WORLD

OF GOSPEL.

>> THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: YOU GUYS USED TO

OPEN FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING, HIS

SPEECHES AND HIS RALLIES.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: WERE YOU EVER

UPSET YOU DIDN'T GET TOP

BILLING, BECAUSE HE WAS A GREAT

MAN.

HE WAS GREAT MAN, BUT I DOUBT HE

COULD HIT THE HIGH NOTE, RIGHT?

>> HE WAS PRETTY GOOD.

HE WAS PRETTY GOOD WHEN HE HIT

HIS PEAK.

BUT, YOU KNOW, HE WAS... HE

WOULD LET US HAVE TOP BILLING

FROM TIME TO TIME, WHEN WE DOWN

IN MISSISSIPPI, WAY OFF THE MAP.

>> Stephen: YOU WERE THE DRAW?

>> YEAH, YEAH.

>> Stephen: NOW, I'M HAVING A

RALLY.

I'M HAVING A MARCH COMING UP.

WOULD YOU... IF I INVITED YOU,

WOULD YOU BE AT ALL INTERESTED

IN LENDING YOUR CREDIBILITY TO

WHAT I'M DOING?

>> WELL, YEAH.

>> Stephen: ME, NOT JON

STEWART.

>> OF COURSE, TO YOU, YES

INDEED.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU VERY

MUCH.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

NOW, I HAVE NOT INVITED YOU YET.

I HAVE TO CHECK WITH JEFF'S

MANAGER BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING

EVIDENTLY.

>> I WAS JUST GOING TO ASK IF

TWEEDY COULD COME.

>> Stephen: WHAT DID YOU KNOW

OF MAVIS' WORK BEFORE YOU DID

THIS?

WAS HER EARLY WORK OR HER SOUL

WORK, WHAT WAS MOST INFLUENTIAL

TO YOU?

>> HER EARLY WORK, THE EARLIEST

RECORDS I THINK WERE PROBABLY

THE MOST... THE MUSIC I LISTENED

TO MOST BEFORE I MET HER.

I DID KNOW THE BAX RECORDS.

I WAS LIKE A RECORD STORE

EMPLOYEE.

YOU REALLY AREN'T WORTH YOUR

SALT UNLESS YOU KNOW YOUR

STAPLES SINGERS.

>> Stephen: I NEVER WOULD HAVE

GUESSED YOU WERE A RECORD STORE

EMPLOYEE.

>> CAT'S OUT OF THE BAG.

>> Stephen: WAS IT TOUGH TO

LEAVE GOSPEL TO DO SOUL?

PEOPLE WHO LEFT GOSPEL TO DO

SOUL, WERE THEY OSTRACIZED IN

ANY WAY?

LIKE PEOPLE WEREN'T HAPPY WHEN

SAM COOKE LEFT GOSPEL TO DO

SOUL.

>> NO, THEY SAY YOU'RE SINGING

THE DEVIL'S MUSIC.

>> Stephen: WERE YOU SINGING

THE DEVIL'S MUSIC?

>> I'M POSITIVE.

>> Stephen: DID YOU EVER SING

DISCO?

>> THE DEVIL AINT GOT NO MUSIC.

>> Stephen: GOOD TO KNOW.

>> THEY PUT THAT OUT ON ME.

I WASN'T SINGING NO DEVIL'S

MUSIC.

>> Stephen: SPEAKING OF MUSIC,

YOU'VE GOT A SONG HERE CALLED

"YOU ARE NOT ALONE," WHICH

YOU'RE GOING TO DO IN JUST A

MINUTE AFTER THE BREAK.

I HEARD THIS EARLIER TODAY.

IT'S INCREDIBLE.

IT'S ONE OF THE MORE BEAUTIFUL

SONGS I'VE EVER HEARD.

YOU WROTE THIS?

>> I DID.

>> Stephen: STICK AROUND.

THIS IS AN

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