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February 24, 2013 8:59 AM Sunday morning gospel: Sister Rosetta Tharpe

By Kathleen Geier

Here’s some gospel music to start your Sunday. This is my favorite gospel musician, and one of my all-time favorite musicians, period — the great Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a one-of-a-kind musical pioneer. What I particularly love about this clip is her electric guitar solo, which totally badass. The good sister has been called one of the foremothers of rock and roll, and this clip provides plenty of grist for that argument.

Kathleen Geier is a writer and public policy researcher who lives in Chicago. She blogs at Inequality Matters. Find her on Twitter: @Kathy_Gee


  • c u n d gulag on February 24, 2013 11:18 AM:

    That Sister can PLAY!!!

    Instead of Rockabilly, it's Rock-O'Ages-abilly!!!

    That was great, thanks Kathleen!!!!!

  • howard on February 24, 2013 11:37 AM:

    She's a favorite of mine too and not nearly well-enough known.

  • jhm on February 24, 2013 11:39 AM:

  • Equal Opportunity Cynic on February 24, 2013 11:54 AM:

    "Rock-O'Ages-abilly!' -- Thanks for giving me a good laugh, c u n d.

  • SecularAnimist on February 24, 2013 1:40 PM:

    Some lines from this song were incorporated into the 1976 dance song "Disco Inferno" by The Trammps, which was included in the soundtrack for "Saturday Night Fever".

  • Greg Rasheed on March 21, 2013 9:40 PM: