The gospel roots of the ‘Godmother of rock ‘n’ roll’

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Discover the life, music and influence of the African-American gospel singer and guitar virtuoso Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915-1973) on the American Masters. RNS photo by James J. Kriegsmann courtesy PBS American Masters.

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(RNS) Before Elvis and Chuck Berry and Johnny Cash. Before Aretha and Whitney and Beyonce. Before the blues met gospel and conceived rock 'n’ roll, there was Sister Rosetta Tharpe.