Friday, 5 May 2017

Shout Sister Shout: The Sister Rosetta Tharpe Story

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 26th March 2017

Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai slects this documentary in which Ruby Turner tells the extraordinary story of the guitar-playing gospel singer, Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Rosetta was one of the most innovative gospel musicians of her time. In her music you can hear blues, R & B and rock 'n' roll and she influenced the likes of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard.

When she married, 20,000 people attended the wedding in a baseball stadium, yet when she died she was buried in an unmarked grave.

Ruby Turner charts her rise to fame and popularity and subsequent demise in a documentary that was first broadcast on Radio 2.

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