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"Sister" Rosetta Tharpe (1915–1973) was a pioneering U.S. Gospel singer and songwriter who attained great popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with a unique mixture of spiritual lyrics and early rock accompaniment. She became the first great recording star of Gospel music, first surfacing on the pop charts in 1939 with "This Train", her version of the traditional gospel standard.

Born Rosetta Nubin on the 20th March 1915 in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, she began performing at age four… read more

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  • Avatar for BallerCraig
    YES!!!!!!! LUV U!!!!!!!!!
  • Avatar for hermindseye
    just saw the ad for the PBS documentary. Described as a guitar virtuoso and godmother of rock n roll, why haven't I heard of her yet?!
  • Avatar for OasiStyle
    Happy 100th birthday, Sister [2]
  • Avatar for joaovitorsoares
    happy 100th birthday, Sister
  • Avatar for Cassandra-Leo
    Ok, how the hell have I never heard of this woman before? Thanks to Cracked for pointing out how much she rocked.
  • Avatar for benshen11
    insanely good. a true soul queen while rocking out on the guitar like a pro. Where have you been all my life?
  • Avatar for kell_salvador
    This woman's voice is tearing me apart little by little.
  • Avatar for orang_gila
    my tag is Soul to this artist. Not gospel ! :O
  • Avatar for DeJMoreno
    She's a real black queen! Love it!
  • Avatar for KingsAndQueen
    Such a talent! *-* It's a shame nobody ever heard of her, I discovered her because of random profiles and groups :o

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