Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Gospel Songs & Women
New Morning Almanac highlighter Sister Rosetta Tharpe because she was born on March 20.
Alongside Willie Mae Ford Smith, Sister Rosetta Tharpe is widely acclaimed among the greatest Sanctified gospel singers of her generation; a flamboyant performer whose music often flirted with the blues and swing, she was also one of the most controversial talents of her day, shocking purists with her leap into the secular market -- by playing nightclubs and theatres, she not only pushed spiritual music into the mainstream, but in the process also helped pioneer the rise of pop-gospel.
via Gospel Music Soloist A discography of her work is at

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