Mavis Staples may not turn 80 until July - but the mythic and eternal soul/gospel singer can celebrate whenever she damn well feels like it :)
Last week, at New York's famed Apollo Theater - Staples celebrated her 80th birthday with a big all-star show that included tons of artists performing with and to paying tribute Staples: Norah Jones, Warren Haynes, Maggie Rogers, Hiss Golden Messenger, Lake Street Dive, The Lone Bellow, and Jon Batiste.
David Byrne also joined in the celebration, taking the stage to perform the Talking Heads classic - Slippery People ... the performance had a special place in the night - since after the Talking Heads released the song in 1983, The Staple Singers released a cover of the song (with Byrne playing guitar on the track) and it was a minor hit - was a minor hit — reaching #109 on the pop charts, #22 R&B.
And in 2017, Mavis Staples recorded another “Slippery People” cover with Arcade Fire.
So here's video of the 2019 collab, the original, the first cover and the Arcade Fire version