3/18/18 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY- CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Didn’t It Rain

GOSPEL SUNDAYSister Rosetta Tharpe

Sister Rosetta Tharpe, is a pioneer of twentieth-century music. Tharpe attained great popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with her gospel recordings that were a unique mixture of spiritual lyrics and rhythmic/early rock accompaniment.  She became gospel music’s first crossover artist and its first great recording star.

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Playing her electric guitar under the eaves of an abandoned train station in rainy Manchester, England, Sister Rosetta Tharpe performed Didn’t It Rain. Dubbed The Godmother of Rock & Roll, Tharpe performed on a 1964 Blues and Gospel Train tour through Europe that also included the great Muddy Waters. Her slightly impromptu performance was a standout for many who watched on 7 May, 1964.  

Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Didn’t It Rain

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