“The spectacle of a black woman wielding so much power as a guitarist could produce an unbalance in a culture which no woman was supposed to play the instrument commandingly.”
Etta James on Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
Sister Rosetta had relationships with men and women, and was open about her sexuality within the music industry. She toured with partner Marie Knight in the 1940s
The father of gospel music.
Considered the greatest gospel vocalist of all time.
Born in the Mississippi Delta.
Born in New Orleans with roots in ragtime and the blues.
The dominant form of American dance music for over a decade.
The progeny of spirituals and cousin to the blues.