Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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by Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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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... Read more

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gospel
blues
soul
female vocalists
guitar
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