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Cotton Plant, Woodruff County, Arkansas, United States (1915 – 1973)

"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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