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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…

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  • 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?!
  • Happy 100th birthday, Sister [2]
  • happy 100th birthday, Sister
  • Ok, how the hell have I never heard of this woman before? Thanks to Cracked for pointing out how much she rocked.
  • insanely good. a true soul queen while rocking out on the guitar like a pro. Where have you been all my life?
  • This woman's voice is tearing me apart little by little.
  • my tag is Soul to this artist. Not gospel ! :O
  • She's a real black queen! Love it!
  • Such a talent! *-* It's a shame nobody ever heard of her, I discovered her because of random profiles and groups :o
  • love her.

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