This 2003 release features an all-star cast of female singers performing some of the best songs associated with the groundbreaking artist who blurred the lines between gospel and secular music.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915-1973) has been hailed as one of the greatest sanctified gospel singers of her generation. A charismatic performer who accompanied herself on guitar, Sister Rosetta Tharpe combined spirituals with blues and swing music of the 1930s and 1940s to become one of the most popular artists of the time. She pushed the envelope of gospel music, inspiring both acclaim and controversy. Sister Rosetta was one of the artists on the legendary "Spirituals To Swing" concert at Carnegie Hall in 1938, performing on the same bill with Sidney Bechet, Count Basie and Benny Goodman. She also played many of the landmark venues of the day, including Cafe Society and the Cotton Club. As an African-American woman musician, she faced and overcame a myriad of hardships and obstacles placed in her way during her ascent as arguably the first gospel/pop star.
The CD ends with an amazing performance from Marie Knight of Didn't It Rain, a song she originally recorded with Tharpe. Knight recorded and toured with Sister Rosetta Tharpe for more than a decade and is still very active in her Harlem church as a preacher.
In addition to the audio tracks, the enhanced CD includes a special video clip of Sister Rosetta Tharpe performing Down By The Riverside from "TV Gospel Time," recorded in the 1960s.
Vocalist Maria Muldaur, who also contributes some tracks here, was instrumental in compiling this anthology.
Shout Sister Shout! Sister Rosetta Tharpe