SISTER ROSETTA THARPE T-Shirt
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When the history of modern music is told, it often leaves a gap between the blues pioneers of the likes of Robert Johnson and Lead Belly and the rock n' roll revolution of Little Richard and Chuck Berry. It assumes that the Second World War meant it was all Glen Miller and crooners, but that skips over that in the US, African Americans were still singing gospel and the blues. Then in 1941 Les Paul made the first solid body guitar, and a little known jazz singer by the name of Rosetta Tharpe married it to gospel to make it sound like no other woman would for years. Back on a resonator, her recording of Strange Things Happening Every Day became one of the most important records in rock n' roll and when Little Richard says you were his favourite singer and biggest influence, then Sister Rosetta Tharpe, you really are the true Godmother of Rock N' Roll.