Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes)
Sister Rosetta was the first guitar heroine of rock & roll.
Her heartfelt gospel folksiness gave way to her roaring mastery of her trusty Gibson Les Paul Custom, which she wielded on a level that rivaled the best of her male contemporaries.
"That's All"Brittany Howard performs Sister Rosetta Tharpe's "That's All" at the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
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Hall of Fame Essay
In the fall of 1938, when she stepped out onto the storied stage of the Cotton Club, Rosetta Tharpe did what no performer sprung from the rich musical traditions of black Pentecostalism had ever previously dared, or perhaps even imagined.
She presented the music of her church to a predominantly white audience in search of Saturday-night diversion, not Sunday-morning deliverance. Within weeks, audience enthusiasm for the "hymn-swinging," guitar-slinging "evangelist" had earned her second billing to headliner Cab Calloway.
Notable engagements at other legendary New York venues - the Paramount (with Count Basie), the Apollo (with Fats Waller, Lionel Hampton, and others), and Carnegie Hall (at the historic "From Spirituals to Swing" concert) - quickly followed.
A powerhouse voice and groundbreaking guitar technique
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