Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a fiery Gospel singer and played electric guitar with a technique that helped lay the foundation for rock and roll. Her groundbreaking work is mostly available on compilations, but she never made a bad record and they’re all well worth searching out if you have any interest in the history of rock guitar. The Gospel of the Blues (2003 MCA) includes her early hits from 1938 through 1947 with Lucky Millinder and Marie Knight. England’s Document label has compiled her early recordings on three CDs with Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1: 1938-1941 (1996), Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2:... Read More

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