Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Genres: Blues Christian & Gospel
Descriptive "tags": gospel blues female vocalists soul guitar Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

Rosetta Nubin, 20 March 1915, Cotton Plant, Arkansas, USA, d. 9 October 1973, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. After first singing in a church choir, Tharpe quickly became a solo singer. In addition to her deeply held religious views, she was influenced by blues singers and musicians and took up the guitar to help broaden her repertoire. By the late 30s she was a popular performer at sacred and secular functions, happily switching from gospel to jazz. She was featured at John Hammond’s ‘Spirituals To Swing’ concerts at Carnegie Hall and also worked at the Cotton Club with Cab Calloway. In the early 40s she spent a year with the Lucky Millinder band, recording several bestselling numbers that included ‘I Want A Tall Skinny Papa’ and a marvellous rendition of ‘Trouble In Mind’. Apparently conscience-stricken at this venture into the seamier side of life, she returned to the safety of the church, rocking congregations to the roots of...

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