Doing a quick drive-by while I wait for my dying computer to emerge from PC ICU. Sister Rosetta Tharpe makes everything better with badass Gibson SG-laden gospel. Few artists had a bigger impact on the origin of rock ‘n’ roll, yet remain so inexplicably under the radar. Sister Rosetta was a fierce performer, with a rich, soulful voice, and Chuck Berry guitar licks in the early ’40s. She played straight gospel, recorded with jazz orchestras, and sang the blues, mixing the sacred and secular when Ray Charles was still in knee-pants. I’m toying with the idea of a larger post, but for now dig this crazy video from 1964 in Manchester, England. Tharpe enters the stage via horse-drawn carriage and then rocks “Didn’t It Rain” in the rain. Preach on, Sister!
Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Didn’t It Rain