Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock and Roll

Sister Rosetta Live! 1964: ‘Didn’t it Rain’

The scene is England in 1964. You hear the band playing when Sister Rosetta Tharpe pulls up on a horse drawn carriage to a make-shift stage at an abandoned railroad station. It’s a rainy day and Sister Rosetta is in her Sunday overcoat. You can almost hear a train whistle blowing when she belts out “Didn’t it Rain” accompanied by a full-blooded, swaggering electric guitar sound.

Premieres Friday, February 22 at 9pm on PBS (check local listings)