Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Eligible since: 1963 (The 1964 Induction Ceremony)
Previously Considered? No what's this?
Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 2007 (ranked #9 in the Influences - Pre-Rock Era category) .
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should definitely be IN as an Early Influence
Posted by Matt Love on Sunday, 06.20.10 @ 02:34am
Posted by Casper on Wednesday, 03.9.11 @ 06:56am
The bulk of her work was in the 30s & 40s. Hard to make a case for her as a regular enshrinee, but perhaps as an early influence.
Posted by Richie Rich on Wednesday, 03.9.11 @ 07:41am
I agree, she would make a great early influence candidate.
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 03.9.11 @ 07:43am
One can only hope. It'll have been 3 years since an Early Influence induction, and 12 years since a LEGITIMATE Early Influence induction.
Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 03.9.11 @ 09:21am
I mean, they have to induct her after all of this won't they?
Posted by rockstar23 on Wednesday, 03.16.11 @ 06:07am
WHY IS SHE STILL NOT INDUCTED IN THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME?!?!? WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY WAITING FOR? THE END OF THE WORLD?!?!?
Posted by rex on Saturday, 07.16.11 @ 04:30am
Watch the documentary film, "The Godmother of Rock and Roll: Sister Rosetta Tharpe." and you will have your answer.
Posted by Brpther B on Saturday, 10.29.11 @ 15:52pm
As the maker of the documentary film "THE GODMOTHER OF ROCK & ROLL: Sister Rosetta Tharpe" I find it extraordinary that such a distinguished talent as Sister Rosetta should have been left out of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for so long. Surely, it cannot be because she lacked the talent or universal acknowledgement from her fellow musicians! Could it simply be a case of racism and sexism still existing within the music industry of the USA today?
Posted by Mick Csaky on Tuesday, 12.20.11 @ 08:23am
I'd sya it's less to do with that and more that the moninating committee just aren't interested in gospel that much.
Posted by GFW on Tuesday, 12.20.11 @ 08:30am
SHAME on this,so called group of "experts" on music! If it was not for, not only people like her, let's go a step further and say, "women" like her, a large majority of these "inductees" would not even be such!
Posted by emily on Saturday, 02.23.13 @ 15:44pm
With the endorsements of Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Isaac Hayes, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Little Richard, I don't see what else needs to motivate the Hall to induct Sister Rosetta Tharpe as an Early Influence. She should have gone in a long time ago.
Posted by Zach on Tuesday, 05.14.13 @ 00:11am
The always knowledgeable and perceptive Sampson provided this analysis of Sister Rosetta Tharpe over at DigitalDreamDoor. I concur with his sentiments and wish that the Hall would honor this pioneer who influenced so many significant names (Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin, etc.), fused gospel with blues, and was one of the first female artists to play an electric guitar.
Posted by Zach on Thursday, 08.8.13 @ 23:35pm
Posted by Chris F. on Thursday, 11.14.13 @ 07:23am
Posted by Zach on Tuesday, 11.19.13 @ 19:56pm
Posted by Chris F. on Wednesday, 11.20.13 @ 09:23am
Never heard of her. Tharpe?
Posted by Timius on Saturday, 09.20.14 @ 08:57am
I believe that even if the RRHall Of Fame doesn't induct Sister Rosetta into its institution, it is their DUTY to use the power of their institution to recover her name... just as The Rolling Stones did for Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters etc... If it wasn't for artists like Sister Rosetta, then there would be no Elvis... And if there were no Elvis, then would there even be a R&R hall of fame?
Posted by Michael Barry on Tuesday, 12.9.14 @ 01:55am
I just watched the BBC documentary 'Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Godmother of Rock and Roll' on Youtube, just now and its well worth the watch. So Mick Csaky (sp?), if you're reading this, you did an excellent job! Its nice to know that artists like you comment on this site.
Posted by Jason Voigt on Monday, 01.12.15 @ 00:51am
I'm a little confused so let me get this straight.
Posted by ScottB on Sunday, 11.6.16 @ 23:31pm
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