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.

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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.

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