Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915-1973) was an American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. An early pioneer in what would become rock n’ roll, Tharpe initially attained celebrity in the 1930s and 1940s. Her mixture of spiritual and rhythmic accompaniment helped put gospel music on the map. Her work influenced a number of other legendary artists, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, and Jerry Lee Lewis.

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Click here for the 2013 PBS documentary American Masters.