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Sister Rosetta Tharpe is one of the essential figures in the history of rock and roll. If she had not been there as a model and inspiration, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and other rock originators would have had different careers. She was a star, a black woman singing gospel music to the accompaniment of her own driving electric guitar – howling and stamping. Her music crossed over to the “race” (later called “R&B”) charts – becoming an early model for rock and roll. Without Sister Rosetta Tharpe, rock and roll would be a different music. She is the founding mother who gave rock’s founding fathers the idea. Follow @the_rebel_rules #sisterrosettatharpe #godmotherofrocknroll #icon #pioneer #guitar #girlpower