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.