Queer History: Sister Rosetta Tharpe was the ‘Godmother of Rock ‘N’ Roll’

Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a gospel-singing Black woman who astounded audiences in the 1940s and 50s with her guitar pyrotechnics and powerful soprano. Tharpe, considered “The Godmother of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” influenced rock legends such as Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Keith Richards, Elvis Presley, and Little Richard. Tharpe, who had a rumored romantic relationship … Continue reading Queer History: Sister Rosetta Tharpe was the ‘Godmother of Rock ‘N’ Roll’