Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock and Roll

A gospel superstar, Sister Rosetta Tharpe (March 20, 1915 – October 9, 1973) combined traditional gospel music with virtuoso guitar solos on her Gibson SG to create a groundbreaking sound that would have a profound influence on rock and roll musicians that followed. Tharpe was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.