Sister Rosetta Tharpe shows off her raw talent in this legendary clip from the early 1960s. At an old train station hidden away in the UK, this “Godmother of Rock and Roll” showed an audience of young beatniks, hippies, and college students just exactly where music was leading to.
On a cold British morning a television crew filmed this unknown (to the British) African-American woman who, dressed to the nines, danced, sang, and played the guitar in such a fashion that it managed to inspire a whole generation of singer-songwriters. Her combination of gospel with early rock and roll shows her as “the link” between two categories of music which, over the years, evolved into the very different styles that they are today.
When she returned to the states she was one of the first musicians to tour the country via bus; even though she was well known, most hotels wouldn’t house her or her backup band due to segregation. She had her tour bus fitted with cots so the band could get some rest no matter where they were.
Watching this amazing clip you can clearly see how much impact this woman’s style had on rock and roll, so it is certainly no wonder why she’s called “The Godmother of Rock and Roll.” With her ability to engage any audience, coupled with her legendary talent and singing skills; this woman truly earned her place in America’s history as one of the best of the best.
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