Sister Rosetta Tharpe

I recently discovered Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Considered the original Soul Sister, she was a guitar-playing rock-n-roll gospel singer. I’m not a particular fan of gospel (mainly because I’m not a religious person) but I dare you to listen to the song below (called Down by the Riverside) and not to go along with the song. And just see how gorgeous she was — it was instant love on my part! ❤

She influenced the history of rock and soul: Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Aretha Franklin, Isaac Hayes and other music greats have cited her as an influence. And of course, gospel is also quite uplifting for those “blah” days…

See her Wikipedia entry for more info about her life and works.



  1. wriggles said,

    May 20, 2008 at 10:50 am

    She was brilliant, a true heroine.

  2. Cindy said,

    May 20, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    Down by the Riverside is one of my favorites.

    “Ain’t gonna study war no more!”

  3. alison13 said,

    May 20, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Gospel is like a marriage between God and rock and roll. So I have got to love it, and now Sister Rosetta as well. Self-generated joy is a major theme of the Diamond-Cut Life
    Alison in Portland, Oregon

  4. coffeegopher said,

    May 20, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    I love her guitar!

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