Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Any discussion about the birth of rock and roll should include Sister Rosetta. This gospel performers bold style was incredibly risky at the time not only for gospel music, but for a woman and a woman of color at that. Her work would go on to inspire the likes of Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry and more. That it took until 2017 for her contribution to be recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame is egregious.

Song Pick: Didn't It Rain

What's Next?

For the next stop on your journey, head over to the Rock “B” section to find the WOW album card in the bin.  Scan the QR code with your phone to learn about our next amazing female artist.