Saturday, March 21, 2009

NPR Post on Sister Rosetta Tharpe

As I type this I'm listening to an NPR report on Sister Rosetta Tharpe. A marker was recently placed on her grave.

Today would have marked the 94th birthday of pioneering singer and guitarist Sister Rosetta Tharpe. She was a major influence on two generations of rock and soul musicians, but Tharpe is practically unknown today — so unknown that she didn't have a proper headstone until recently.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe's Grave Stone photo by Joel Rose

"She would sing until you cried and then she would sing until you danced for joy. She helped to keep the church alive, and the saints rejoicing."

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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