Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Godmother of Rock and Roll plays Colfax

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(courtesy Historic Modern Denver, thanks to the Denver Public Library)

 

The Godmother of Rock and Roll, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the first big recording star of gospel and electric guitar pioneer! Here we have a Colorado Statesmen newspaper article about her 1947 appearance at East High on Colfax Avenue, sponsored by the Ogden Street Church of God in Christ.
 

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At this time, there seems to be some controversy over Rosetta divorcing her husband because he didn’t approve of her return to Gospel after a period of playing secular theaters.

Schuyler Colfax, R.I.P.

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Colfax Avenue namesake, and former Vice President under Ulysses Grant, Schuyler Colfax died of a heart attack on January 13, 1885, in Mankato, MN while changing trains in sub-freezing weather. Join us tonight at The Owl Saloonfor the first proper wake of its' kind ever held in Denver for the Honorary Schuyler Colfax, the man who ratified the 13th Amendment freeing the slaves! Colfax Avenue also turns 150 this year, as it was first named in 1868. Photo by Doc Bones Photos at 1900 E. Colfax Avenue in Denver. Costume by Disguises Costumes at 9797 West Colfax Avenue in Lakewood.