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Your Sunday Smile

I guess by now everybody knows that yesterday we lost Chuck Berry. Anybody with an interest in popular music knows what an important figure he was, so there's no point in running over that again (John Lennon said that it all started with Chuck Berry, and he wasn't far wrong). But like any other form of evolution, there's no clear cut moment when jazz, blues and gospel became rock and roll. Just as there's no set moment in time when you can point to dinosaurs becoming birds - rather a whole slew of intermediary fossils charting the progression over millennia - so it is with music. Chuck Berry - and Little Richard, and Elvis Presley, and Jerry Lee Lewis despite his different instrument - were all influenced by a formidable lady named Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and now seems as good a time as any to share a little music. So there's a couple of songs beneath the cut. If this doesn't make you smile today, it's a fair bet nothing will!



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Mar. 20th, 2017 04:09 am (UTC)
I used to listen to Chuck Berry all the time as a kid. I've never heard of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, though, but I can definitely see the influence. Very cool!
Mar. 20th, 2017 08:30 am (UTC)
She mostly stayed within the sphere of gospel, which I think limited her fame somewhat. She didn't cross over into "white music" as much as Chuck Berry and Little Richard. Heck of a guitar talent though! :)
Mar. 20th, 2017 03:56 pm (UTC)
Woah, she was a strong musician!
Mar. 20th, 2017 07:25 pm (UTC)
And a happy one too. :)
Mar. 20th, 2017 04:38 pm (UTC)
I'd never heard of her until now, and now I'm surprised she's not better known.

And yes, I smiled. You can tell she really loved what she did.
Mar. 20th, 2017 07:28 pm (UTC)
I suspect her preference for gospel limited her fame. She tended to play "black music" to black people, whereas Chuck Berry and co crossed over, and consequently had a bigger audience. She's had a bit of a renaissance in the last ten years or so though, and there was a documentary film about her a while back, called "The Godmother Of Rock 'n' Roll". She certainly deserves greater recognition though. Few enough female guitar players as it is, let alone pioneering black ones!
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