Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Celebrating Sister Rosetta Tharpe (March 20, 1915 – October 9, 1973), an American guitarist in the 1930s and 1940s who made gospel recordings that were a precursor of rock and roll. Tharpe was among the first popular recording artists to use heavy distortion on her electric guitar.

Published by baldpomegranatenixon

I'm an expatriate Memphis musician and an instructor at a private music college in Minnesota. I find a greater clarity in my appreciation for music from Memphis and the Mississippi Delta region, now that I've lived away from it for decades, than when I was growing up in the midst of it.

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