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The gospel/folk singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe was accompanied by a jazz orchestra on her debut recording.
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December 5, 2013 The songs were a byproduct of slavery in the U.S. But after being passed along by generations of African-American musicians, they were later embraced by a variety of improvisers, including Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Grant Green and John Coltrane.
March 20, 2009 Sister Rosetta Tharpe was one of the most influential gospel-rockers of the '30s and '40s. But until recently, her grave remained completely unmarked, bereft of a proper memorial. Now fans can finally pay their respects to a woman who was strumming guitar windmills before Pete Townsend was born.
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October 13, 2008 So much to hear. So little time. You can spend your entire life devouring music, both new and old, and barely scratch the surface of all there is to discover. NPR reviewer and author Tom Moon is trying to make it a little easier for music fans with his new book: 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die: A Listener's Life List. On this edition of All Songs Considered, we talk with Tom about his new book and listen to some of the incredible music he selected, as well as some of the ones we think he missed.
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April 2, 2007 Gale Wald has written a biography of gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Tharpe became well known for playing her electric guitar while performing gospel music in secular night clubs. Wald talks with Tony Cox about the book.
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April 13, 2006 As Hawaii and Northern California struggle with unprecedented rainfall, Day to Day offers a musical interlude for rainy days — "Didn't It Rain" by the late gospel legend Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
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January 17, 2004 Sister Rosetta Tharpe was gospel's first national star and the first gospel musician to play night clubs like the Cotton Club. A new biography is in the works, and musicians continue to record albums and play concerts that pay tribute to the legend. Hear Ross Reynolds of member station KEXP and the Museum Experience Music Project.
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