Yes Lord! Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Not as famous as she should be. But really she’s one of those gems you don’t have to dig that deep to find. Her influence was enormous, and within her sphere, she was a star. I have a rare vinyl LP of herself and Little Richard, playing in church, veritably wrecking the house with rock n’ roll, and it hasn’t dated, to this day. She lived at the cusp of times when gospel was crossing over into rock and roll, and the unamplified guitar had thoroughly given way to the electric. Many gospel musicians were kicked out of church for fusing religion and pop, (Ray Charles for one, and Aretha Franklin) but broadly speaking, everything that came later in Western popular music can be traced back here, beyond rhythm and blues, to Gospel.

Thank Goddess!  Now…’Let’s do that again..’

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