Shout, Sister, Shout!
The Untold Story of

Interview with Author Gayle Wald

Sister Rosetta Tharpe: Gospel Music Legend
Birthdate: March 20, 1915
Birthplace: Cotton Plant, Arkansas
Instruments: Guitar / Vocals

Little Rosetta Nubin began performing at age four with her mother, Church of God in Christ evangelist Katie Bell Nubin.

She recorded in the mid 1930s with Decca Records backed by "Lucky" Millinder's jazz orchestra and shocked her gospel audience with the mixture of sacred and secular music.

She appeared in John Hammond's 1938 extravaganza "From Spirituals To Swing and performed at the Cotton Club and Café Society and with Cab Calloway and Benny Goodman.

Her song "Strange Things Happening Every Day", recorded in 1944 was the first gospel song to make Billboard's "race records" Top Ten.

Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Isaac Hayes, Keith Richards and countless others were influenced by her guitar playing and energetic performances.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe died on October 9, 1973 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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