On December 23, 1938, Sister Tharpe performed in John Hammond's famous Spirituals to Swing Concert at Carnegie Hall. Her performance was controversial and revolutionary in several respects. Performing gospel music in front of secular audiences and alongside blues and jazz musicians was highly unusual, and within conservative religious circles the mere fact of a woman performing guitar music was frowned upon.
Monday, December 23, 2013
Sister Rosetta Tharpe played Carnegie Hall this day 1938
Sometimes know as The Godmother of Rock