Donnerstag, 18. Februar 2021

Sister Rosetta Tharpe ‎– Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1960)

The daughter of Arkansas cotton-pickers, Sister Rosetta Tharpe was raised by her mother, a travelling evangelist with the Church of God in Christ. She was six years old, and already playing the guitar and performing in church, when they moved to Chicago, where she soon absorbed the sounds of blues and jazz, and went on to attract a following. In 1938, after a short-lived first marriage, she moved to New York, where the great talent scout John Hammond included her – alongside Big Joe Turner, Big Bill Broonzy, Count Basie and others – in his celebrated From Spirituals to Swing concert at Carnegie Hall.

But she also shocked her original fans by appearing at the Cotton Club and singing secular material – some of it, such as "Four or Five Times" and "I Want a Tall Skinny Papa", decidedly risqué. Nevertheless, a song called "Strange Things Happening Every Day" became the first gospel record to reach the R&B top 10 in 1945; and 25,000 fans paid to attend her wedding to her third husband in a Washington DC sports stadium in 1951. But she had returned to near obscurity when the English trombonist Chris Barber invited her to tour the UK with his band in 1957.

Her following had once included the young Elvis Presley, who loved her ferocious guitar-playing. Dylan, on his radio show, said of a later British tour: “I’m sure there are a lot of young English guys who picked up an electric guitar after getting a look at her.” He was referring to a visit in 1964, when Granada TV set up a concert for the members of the American Folk, Blues and Gospel Caravan in a railway station at Chorlton-cum-Hardy, outside Manchester. The young audience sat on one platform, while the performers set up on the other side of the tracks, which the programme-makers had dressed up to resemble the porch of a sharecropper’s shack.

For today’s listeners, just as remarkable as her guitar-playing is the great artistry of her singing: the strength of her tone and her command of expressive variation, the flexibility of her phrasing, the mastery of vibrato. The headstone erected on her grave decades after her death bears these words: “She would sing until you cried, and then she would sing until you danced for joy. She kept the church alive and the saints rejoicing.” And she helped shape the sound of rock’n’roll.


If I Can Help Somebody
Walk All Over God's Heaven
I Believe
Take My Hand Precious Lord
Twelve Gates
I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray
If You Believe
Light A Candle
Bless This House
Without Him

Sister Rosetta Tharpe ‎– Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1960)
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5 Kommentare:

Bob Mac hat gesagt…

Thanks for this one.

Il Commendatore hat gesagt…

Thanks for Sister Rosetta

zero hat gesagt…

You are both welcome! Stay safe!

Gill hat gesagt…

Thanks! Be Well.

zero hat gesagt…

You´re welcome. All the best!

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