Personalities | Sister Rosetta Tharpe | Thirties | Jazz & Blues

(Guitar, vocals, 1915–73)

Born in Arkansas, Rosetta Nubin was the daughter of a missionary. She had learned to play guitar by the age of six and accompanied her mother at church functions. The family moved to Chicago and Tharpe signed with Decca in 1938. She was essentially a gospel performer, but with Lucky Millinder’s Orchestra (1941–43) she recorded blues as well as spirituals. In 1944 she teamed up with blues pianist Sammy Price and made hit records including ‘Strange Things Are Happening Every Day’.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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