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Sister Rosetta Tharpe (March 20, 1915 – October 9, 1973) was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist. A pioneer of mid-20th-century music, she attained popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with her gospel recordings, characterized by a unique mixture of spiritual lyrics and rhythmic accompaniment that was a precursor of rock and roll. She was the first great recording star of gospel music and among the first gospel musicians to appeal to rhythm-and-blues and rock-and-roll audiences, later being referred to as "the original soul sister" and "the godmother of rock and roll". She influenced early rock-and-roll musicians, including Little Richard, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Willing to cross the line between sacred and secular by performing her music of "light" in the "darkness" of nightclubs and concert halls with big bands behind her, Tharpe pushed spiritual music into the mainstream and helped pioneer the rise of pop-gospel, beginning with her 1939 hit "This Train". Her unique music left a lasting mark on more conventional gospel artists, such as Ira Tucker, Sr., of the Dixie Hummingbirds. While she offended some conservative churchgoers with her forays into the pop world, she never left gospel music.

Tharpe's 1944 hit "Down by the Riverside" was selected for the National Recording Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress in 2004, which noted that it "captures her spirited guitar playing and unique vocal style, demonstrating clearly her influence on early rhythm-and-blues performers" and cited her influence on "many gospel, jazz, and rock artists". ("Down by the Riverside" was recorded by Tharpe on December 2, 1948, in New York City, and issued as Decca single 48106.) Her 1945 hit "Strange Things Happening Every Day", recorded in late 1944, featured Tharpe's vocals and electric guitar, with Sammy Price (piano), bass and drums. It was the first gospel record to cross over, hitting no. 2 on the Billboard "race records" chart, the term then used for what later became the R&B chart, in April 1945. The recording has been cited as precursor of rock and roll.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1956 Gospel Train Sister Rosetta Tharpe 2
1961 Spirituals In Rhythm Sister Rosetta Tharpe 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 The Original Soul Sister Sister Rosetta Tharpe 1
2003 The Gospel of the Blues Sister Rosetta Tharpe 1
2003 Sing Sister Sing Sister Rosetta Tharpe 1
2008 Up Above My Head Sister Rosetta Tharpe 1
Eight Classic Albums Sister Rosetta Tharpe 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1966 Live at the Hot Club de France Sister Rosetta Tharpe 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1939 Bring Back Those Happy Days / This Train Sister Rosetta Tharpe 1
1945 Strange Things Happening Every Day / Two Little Fishes and Five Loaves of Bread Sister Rosetta Tharpe 1
1947 Up Above My Head, I Hear Music in the Air / My Journey to the Sky Sister Rosetta Tharpe & Marie Knight 1

Other

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Complete Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Volume 1: 1938-1943 Sister Rosetta Tharpe 1
2000 Complete Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Volume 2: 1943-1947 Sister Rosetta Tharpe 1
2003 Complete Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Volume 3: 1947-1951 Sister Rosetta Tharpe 1
2005 Complete Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Volume 4: 1951-1953 Sister Rosetta Tharpe 1
2006 Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Volume 1: 1938-1941 Sister Rosetta Tharpe 1
2006 Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Volume 2: 1942-1944 Sister Rosetta Tharpe 1
2006 Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Volume 3: 1946-1947 Sister Rosetta Tharpe 1
2008 Complete Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Volume 5: 1953-1957 Sister Rosetta Tharpe 1
2011 Complete Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Volume 6: 1958-1959 Sister Rosetta Tharpe 1
2012 Complete Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Volume 7: 1960-1961 (Dernier volume, Complément : 1957, Bonus : Marie Knight) Sister Rosetta Tharpe 1

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