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Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Sister Rosetta Tharpe artist page: interviews, features and/or performances archived at NPR Music

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April 2, 2007 Tharpe became well known for playing her electric guitar while performing gospel music.

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October 13, 2008 NPR reviewer and author Tom Moon talks about his new book and shares some of the gems he discovered.

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March 20, 2009 The influential gospel-rocker gets a proper memorial, in time for what would have been birthday 94.

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April 13, 2006 Day to Day offers a musical interlude for rainy days — Tharpe's "Didn't It Rain."

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The gospel/folk singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe was accompanied by a jazz orchestra on her debut recording.

December 5, 2013 The African-American folk songs, a byproduct of slavery, were later embraced by many improvisers.

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  • Album: From Blues to Gospel
  • Artist: Sister Rosetta Tharpe
  • Label: Comet
  • Released: 2005