Sister Rosetta Tharpe – This Train (Live in 1964)

Sister Rosetta Tharpe is a name all fans of rock and roll should know. Tharpe was a gospel singer and guitar player who came to popularity in the 40s with her mix of gospel and the blues. She played a proto-rock and roll style of music. She is the godmother of rock and roll. Her guitar playing is still remarkable in this performance of “This Train”, which was recorded during the European Blues and Gospel Caravan tour she was part of in 1964. Watch this, and try not to be moved by her singing and guitar playing.

In case you didn’t get enough, here’s Tharpe performing “Didn’t It Rain” on the same tour, this time in Manchester on a train platform. The sound is a bit clearer, and you can see, again, what a kick ass guitar player she is.