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|Sister Rosetta Tharpe|
|Full name||Rosetta Nubin
(or Rosether Atkins)
|Birthday/Birthplace||(1915-03-20)March 20, 1915
Cotton Plant, Arkansas, US
|Deceased||October 9, 1973(1973-10-09)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
|Genre(s)||Gospel, jazz, blues, rock and roll, rhythm and blues|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, electric guitar|
Rosetta Tharpe (March 20, 1915 – October 9, 1973), also known as Sister Rosetta Tharpe , was a pioneer gospel singer. It gained great popularity in the United States in the 1930s and 1940s with its unique blend of spiritual lyrics and rock and roll accompaniment. He became the first great star of gospel music in the 30’s and is known as “‘Original soul sister.” It influenced in a very powerful way, like an early rock music & amp; roll, to Little Richard, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis.
In an attempt to cross the line between sacred music and secular music by playing his ‘bright’ spiritual music in the ‘darkness’ of nightclubs and concert halls with great bands as accompanists, his idiosyncratic style left a mark in more conventional gospel artists like Ira Tucker, or the Dixie Hummingbirds. Although he offended many faithfuls with his incursions into pop music, he never left gospel music.
Rosetta Tharpe’s Biography
Born Rosetta Nubin in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, she started playing and singing at the age of four, announced as ‘Little Rosetta Nubin, the miracle of guitar and singing’, accompanying to his mother the evangelist of the Church of God in Christ (Church of God in Christ, COGIC) Katie Bell Nubin, who played the mandolin and preached in churches of the South. Exposed to blues and jazz in the South and after her family moved to Chicago in the 1920s, she started playing blues and jazz in private, while still playing gospel at public events. His unique style reflected these secular influences: he played the notes as jazz musicians and clapped the guitar like Memphis Minnie, the most prolific and popular blues woman of the time, if not of history.
In 1970, during a tour of Europe with Muddy Waters, Tharpe became ill, and had to return to the United States, where, due to diabetes, his leg was amputated. Although he gave more performances, he died in 1973.
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