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The Godmother of Rock & Roll: Sister Rosetta Tharpe Live in Manchester, 1964 | Brain Pickings

Reconstructionist and Literary Jukebox hero Sister Rosetta Tharpe is celebrated as gospel music’s first superstar, the godmother of rock and roll, “the original soul sister.” No better way to celebrate her spirit and legacy than with her legendary, electrifying 1964 live performance of “Didn’t It Rain” at the Manchester train station, complete with her iconic white coat and electric guitar.


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Wow, she's amazing. Why have I not heard of her until now??

I had not either!  

She was an early influence on figures such as Little RichardJohnny CashElvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.

A resurgence of interest in Tharpe's work has led to a biography, several NPR segments, scholarly articles, and honors. The United States Postal Service issued a 32-cent commemorative stamp to honor Tharpe on July 15, 1998.[20] In 2007, she was inducted posthumously into the Blues Hall of Fame. In 2008, a concert was held to raise funds for a marker for her grave, and January 11 was declared Sister Rosetta Tharpe Day in Pennsylvania.[21] A gravestone was put in place later that year,[22] and a Pennsylvaniahistorical marker was approved for placement at her home in the Yorktown neighborhood of Philadelphia.[22] The PBS seriesAmerican Masters featured her story in the opening program of their 2013 season.[23]

Wow, she was very influential!

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