Women's History Month: Arkansan is Rock & Roll Hall of Famer
If you've ever been to Cotton Plant, you were probably lost.
- But this speck of a town in east Arkansas may have been the very genesis of rock music.
- She got her first recording deal in 1938 with Decca Records and was a hit by the 1940s.
- Tharpe has been said to have influenced stars like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash.
- Chuck Berry allegedly said his career was "one long Sister Rosetta Tharpe impersonation."
The sound: Tharpe's voice is like a mix of Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin. And she played guitar like a boss.
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