Sister Rosetta Tharpe

a black history month illustration by alleanna harris of sister rosetta tharpe, the godmother of rock and roll

Today’s Black History Month illustration is of Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915-1973), a singer, songwriter & guitarist who is referred to as the “godmother of rock and roll.”

She was the first great recording star of gospel music. Also, due to her unique mix of spiritual lyrics & rhythmic accompaniment, she was one of the first gospel musicians to appeal to rhythm and blues and rock & roll audiences.

She influenced early rock & roll musicians like Little Richard, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley & Jerry Lee Lewis.

Now available for purchase here.

Author: Alleanna Harris

I'm a kidlit illustrator from NJ. I draw and write a lot. You can find me at @alleannaharris on social media.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s