SISTER ROSETTA THARPE

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Alongside Willie Mae Ford Smith, Sister Rosetta Tharpe is widely acclaimed among the greatest Sanctified gospel singers of her generation; a flamboyant performer whose music often flirted with the blues and swing, she was also one of the most controversial talents of her day, shocking purists with her leap into the secular market -- by playing nightclubs and theaters, she not only pushed spiritual music into the mainstream, but in the process also helped pioneer the rise of pop-gospel. Tharpe was born March 20, 1915 in Cotton Plant, AR; the daughter of Katie Bell Nubin, a traveling missionary and shouter in the classic gospel tradition known throughout the circuit as "Mother Bell," she was a prodigy, mastering the guitar by the age of six. At the same time, she attended Holiness conventions alongside her mother, performing renditions of songs including "The Day Is Past and Gone" and "I Looked read more...
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SISTER ROSETTA THARPE Blessed Assurance (aka Spirituals) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blessed Assurance (aka Spirituals)
Jazz Related Gospel 1951
SISTER ROSETTA THARPE Gospel Train album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Gospel Train
Jazz Related Gospel 1956
SISTER ROSETTA THARPE Gospel Train (1958) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gospel Train (1958)
Jazz Related Gospel 1958
SISTER ROSETTA THARPE Spirituals In Rhythm album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Spirituals In Rhythm
Jazz Related Gospel 1960
SISTER ROSETTA THARPE Gospels In Rhythm (aka Sister Rosetta Tharpe aka Negro Gospel aka Gospels & Spirituals aka Spirituals In Rhythm) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gospels In Rhythm (aka Sister Rosetta Tharpe aka Negro Gospel aka Gospels & Spirituals aka Spirituals In Rhythm)
Jazz Related Gospel 1960
SISTER ROSETTA THARPE Sister Rosetta Tharpe (aka Gospel Train Volume II) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sister Rosetta Tharpe (aka Gospel Train Volume II)
Jazz Related Gospel 1960
SISTER ROSETTA THARPE Sister Rosetta Tharpe album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Jazz Related Gospel 1960
SISTER ROSETTA THARPE Sister On Tour (aka Blues Et Gospel N° 1) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sister On Tour (aka Blues Et Gospel N° 1)
Jazz Related Gospel 1961
SISTER ROSETTA THARPE What Are They Doin' In Heaven? album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
What Are They Doin' In Heaven?
Jazz Related Gospel 1961
SISTER ROSETTA THARPE The Gospel Truth album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Gospel Truth
Jazz Related Gospel 1962
SISTER ROSETTA THARPE Sister Rosetta Tharpe With Tabernacle Choir And Players ‎: Sister Rosetta Tharpe Sings Hot, Hot, Hot (aka Saw The Light) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sister Rosetta Tharpe With Tabernacle Choir And Players ‎: Sister Rosetta Tharpe Sings Hot, Hot, Hot (aka Saw The Light)
Jazz Related Gospel 1963
SISTER ROSETTA THARPE Precious Memories album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Precious Memories
Jazz Related Gospel 1968
SISTER ROSETTA THARPE Gospel, Blues & Spiritual album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gospel, Blues & Spiritual
Jazz Related Gospel 1971
SISTER ROSETTA THARPE Sings Gospels With Mary Knight, The Dependable Boys And The Sam Price Trio album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sings Gospels With Mary Knight, The Dependable Boys And The Sam Price Trio
Jazz Related Gospel 1975
SISTER ROSETTA THARPE Rock Me album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rock Me
Jazz Related Gospel 2002

SISTER ROSETTA THARPE EPs & splits

SISTER ROSETTA THARPE Rosetta Tharpe and Marie Knight ‎: Gospel Keepsakes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rosetta Tharpe and Marie Knight ‎: Gospel Keepsakes
Jazz Related Gospel 1983

SISTER ROSETTA THARPE live albums

SISTER ROSETTA THARPE Wedding Ceremony Of Sister Rosetta Tharpe And Russell Morrison album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wedding Ceremony Of Sister Rosetta Tharpe And Russell Morrison
Jazz Related Gospel 1951
SISTER ROSETTA THARPE The Gospel Truth album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Gospel Truth
Jazz Related Gospel 1959
SISTER ROSETTA THARPE Hot Club De France Concerts album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hot Club De France Concerts
Jazz Related Gospel 1966
SISTER ROSETTA THARPE Live In Paris, 1964 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Paris, 1964
Jazz Related Gospel 1988
SISTER ROSETTA THARPE Gospel Feelings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gospel Feelings
Jazz Related Gospel 1997

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SISTER ROSETTA THARPE Gospel Train

Album · 1956 · Jazz Related Gospel
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SISTER ROSETTA THARPE was known as both “the original soul sister” and as “the godmother of rock’n’roll” but first and foremost she was a gospel musician who incorporated some of the first fusion of R&B mixed with gospel and her own unique guitar playing style all the way back in the 1930s that would ultimately be deemed a new musical genre called rock’n’roll. Yes, it was SISTER ROSETTA THARPE, a name that should be known in every music lover’s mind, not only because she was so influential in the development of a musical genre that changed the world, but also because she was a powerhouse of musical expression in her own right. This woman was pioneering her own vision all the way back in the 1920s!

She was really the first to blur the sacred and the secular (did you hear that Ray Charles fans?) and walked in darkness to display the light. She had pop sensibilities before pop music existed, knew how to blend the best of the blues, contemporary gospel and the early 20th century jazz techniques to create her own brand of spiritually uplifting music magic. While SISTER ROSETTA actually found success and had many hits in the 30s and 40s, the lack of her music being readily available on CD form in the modern age has nudged curious music lovers such as myself into finding her most readily available album GOSPEL TRAIN which was released in 1956 as my first SISTER experience and i have to say that i’m not in the least bit disappointed. This woman has the soul of Mahalia Jackson accompanied by the coolest of organists, honky tonk piano players and catchy melodies. Instantly addictive, the mystique of her history is also an addictive quality knowing that the blueprints for everything rock, metal and beyond came from this humble woman born in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, USA in 1915.

This short but sweet album is the perfect introduction into ROSETTA’s unique gospel experience where she plays her guitar while looking up to the heavens above pontificating all the positivity she can muster up. I would have to say that i don’t really agree that SISTER ROSETTA was the actual creator of rock’n’roll because rock is not just a guitar lick and rhythmic style alone. It is an attitude as well. No doubt she was a precursor and a vitally important one that led to the the birth of the rock’n’roll world of the 1950s that led to Little Richard, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and even the one who didn’t give SISTER THARPE credit, Elvis Presley. I hear a lot of Tina Turner going on here as well actually. The truth is she wasn’t pure rock’n’roll as we came to know it once it hit the main stream. She was unapologetically a gospel musician and singer through and through but unknowingly was a MAJOR influence of so much of what came after and for that we certainly need to give this woman credit where credit is due. After all is said and done about all the rock’n’roll creds, this music is just infectious for what it is. It is upbeat, it is positive and it is from the heart and just beautiful. If this music doesn’t seep into your heart and blow you away then you’re simply just not human!

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