● Celebrating International Women’s Day
Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915-1973) - The godmother of rock’n’roll! Singer, guitarist and songwriter, she became famous in the 1930s for her gospel program on American radio. Legend has it that the king of rock'n'roll, Elvis Presley, as a kid, run from school to listen to the show and the songs she sang on the radio. Although unrecognized today, she was in fact the queen of kings, she inspired, in addition to King Presley, other noble artists: BB King, Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry and many others. “The woman beautiful, divine not to mention sublime and splendid" - Bob Dylan. The essence of rock n roll!
Her music runs like a thread through rock’n’roll … Sister Rosetta Tharpe in 1959. Photograph: Harry Hammond/Getty Images/V&A Images/Hulton Archive