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Sister Rosetta Tharpe

American singer

  • Desc: Sister Rosetta Tharpe was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and recording artist. As a pioneer of mid-20th-century music, she attained popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with her gospel recordings, characterized by a unique mixture of spiritual lyrics and rhythmic accompaniment that was a precursor of rock and roll.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sister_Rosetta_Tharpe
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  • Type: Person, Thing
  • Result Score: 728.24

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Album by Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Album by Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Fictional character

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Album by Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Album by Sister Rosetta Tharpe

The Godmother of Rock & Roll: Sister Rosetta Tharpe

2011 film

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Album by Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Album by Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Sister Rosetta Tharpe & Marie Knight

Musical group

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  • Result Score: 150.81

Shout, Sister, Shout: A Tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe


Gospel Train

Studio album by Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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  • Type: MusicAlbum, Thing
  • Result Score: 121.27

Historical Concerts with special guest Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Album by The Big Chris Barber Band

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  • Type: MusicAlbum, Thing
  • Result Score: 115.29

Precious Memories

Album by Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Sing Sister Sing

Album by Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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  • Type: MusicAlbum, Thing
  • Result Score: 92.46

Up Above My Head, I Hear Music in the Air Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Song by Vanessa Collier

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  • Type: MusicRecording, Thing
  • Result Score: 87.79

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Compilation album by Sister Rosetta Tharpe

The Original Soul Sister

Album by Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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  • Type: MusicAlbum, Thing
  • Result Score: 83.80

Up Above My Head

Album by Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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  • Type: MusicAlbum, Thing
  • Result Score: 80.06

The Gospel of Blues

Album by Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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  • Type: MusicAlbum, Thing
  • Result Score: 77.22

The Gospel of the Blues

Album by Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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  • Type: MusicAlbum, Thing
  • Result Score: 71.86

Didn't It Rain / Stretch Out

Album by Marie Knight and Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Live at the Hot Club de France

Album by Sister Rosetta Tharpe

  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/0g69jy1
  • Type: MusicAlbum, Thing
  • Result Score: 58.38

Bring Back Those Happy Days / This Train

Album by Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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  • Type: MusicAlbum, Thing
  • Result Score: 58.11

Up Above My Head / My Journey to the Sky

Album by Marie Knight and Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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  • Type: MusicAlbum, Thing
  • Result Score: 51.48

Up Above My Head - 50 of her Greatest Recordings on 2 CDs

Album by Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Strange Things Happening Every Day / Two Little Fishes and Five Loaves of Bread

Album by Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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  • Type: MusicAlbum, Thing
  • Result Score: 42.74

Blues Hall of Fame

Museum in Memphis, Tennessee

  • Desc: The Blues Hall of Fame is a music museum located in Memphis, Tennessee. Initially, the "Blues Hall of Fame" was not a physical building, but a listing of people who have significantly contributed to blues music.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blues_Hall_of_Fame
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  • Type: TouristAttraction, Thing, Museum
  • Result Score: 31.10

Northwood Cemetery


  • Desc: Northwood Cemetery is a cemetery located in the West Oak Lane neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. It was established in 1878.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northwood_Cemetery
  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/0462pnk
  • Type: Cemetery, Thing, TouristAttraction, Place
  • Result Score: 28.10

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey

Soundtrack album

Don't Do Anything

Studio album by Sam Phillips

  • Desc: Don't Do Anything is the eleventh studio album by American singer and songwriter Sam Phillips. The album is Phillips' first to be self-produced and was released on June 3, 2008.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don't_Do_Anything
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  • Type: MusicAlbum, Thing
  • Result Score: 23.89

Document Records

Record label

The Blues

Film series

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  • Type: TVSeries, MovieSeries, Thing
  • Result Score: 22.71

Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance


Angela Strehli

Angela Strehli

American singer

  • Desc: Angela Strehli is an American electric blues singer and songwriter. She is also a Texas blues historian and impresario. Despite a sporadic recording career, Strehli spends time each year performing in Europe, the US and Canada.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angela_Strehli
  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/01p2qjj
  • Type: Person, Thing
  • Result Score: 20.63

Marlowe Morris

American pianist

Sammy Price

Sammy Price

American jazz pianist

  • Desc: Samuel Blythe Price was an American jazz, boogie-woogie and jump blues pianist and bandleader. Price's is a less percussive pianist; his playing is dark, mellow, and relaxed, and he is a specialist at ccreating the appropriate mood and swing for blues and rhythm and blues recordings.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sammy_Price
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  • Type: Person, Thing
  • Result Score: 19.51

Roll with the Punches

Studio album by Van Morrison

Live at Carnegie Hall

Live album by Al Hirt

Sugar Lips

Album by Al Hirt

  • Desc: Sugar Lips is an album by Al Hirt released in 1964 by RCA Victor. The single, "Sugar Lips", reached No. 3 on the Easy Listening chart and No. 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1964. The single, "Up Above My Head", hit No. 85 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Top LPs chart.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar_Lips_(album)
  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/0swm8hf
  • Type: MusicAlbum, Thing
  • Result Score: 18.03
Josephine Oniyama

Josephine Oniyama


Skinny Girl Diet


  • Desc: Skinny Girl Diet is an unsigned independent British political punk band, often described as riot grrrl, formed in London, England. The group consists of singer, songwriter and guitarist Delilah Holliday and drummer Ursula Holliday.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skinny_Girl_Diet
  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/g/11bwd2gyfr
  • Type: MusicGroup, Thing
  • Result Score: 17.85

Didn't It Rain

Album by Jason Molina and Songs: Ohia

A Believer Sings the Truth

Album by Johnny Cash


Album by Michelle Shocked

  • Desc: ToHeavenURide is an album by Michelle Shocked. This album was recorded live at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and features original songs and a selection of covers. It was released in 2007 by Shocked's own label, Mighty Sound. The title is a take on "To Hell You Ride" the nickname for the Telluride festival.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ToHeavenURide
  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/0416rbq
  • Type: MusicAlbum, Thing
  • Result Score: 16.76

Wynona Carr

American gospel singer

  • Desc: Wynona Carr was an African-American gospel, R&B and rock and roll singer-songwriter, who recorded as Sister Wynona Carr when performing gospel material.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wynona_Carr
  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/01w3krc
  • Type: Person, Thing
  • Result Score: 16.57

Diunna Greenleaf

American singer

The Harmonizing Four

Singing group

The Soul Stirrers

Musical group

  • Desc: The Soul Stirrers are an American gospel music group, whose career spans over eighty years. The group was a pioneer in the development of the quartet style of gospel, and a major influence of soul music, doo wop, and motown sound, some of the secular music that owed much to gospel.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Soul_Stirrers
  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/016586
  • Type: MusicGroup, Thing
  • Result Score: 15.68

The Gospel of Gospel


  • Desc: The Gospel Of Gospel is a 2001 TV documentary made by independent production company Lion Television for Channel 4 in the UK. It was presented by the singer Mica Paris. It was produced and directed by David Upshal.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gospel_of_Gospel
  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/05h3z21
  • Type: Movie, Thing
  • Result Score: 15.63
Joe Boyd

Joe Boyd

American record producer

  • Desc: Joe Boyd is an American record producer and writer. He formerly owned Witchseason production company and Hannibal Records. Boyd has worked on recordings of Pink Floyd, Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson, Nick Drake, The Incredible String Band, R.E.M., Vashti Bunyan, John and Beverley Martyn, Maria Muldaur, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Billy Bragg, 10,000 Maniacs and Muzsikás.
  • URL: http://www.joeboyd.co.uk/
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Boyd
  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/038jw7
  • Type: Person, Thing
  • Result Score: 14.97
Apollo Theater

Apollo Theater

Theater in New York City, New York

  • Desc: The Apollo Theater at 253 West 125th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Frederick Douglass Boulevard in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City is a music hall which is a noted venue for African-American performers.
  • URL: http://www.apollotheater.org/
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_Theater
  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/020nlt
  • Type: Place, Thing, TouristAttraction, CivicStructure, MusicVenue, LandmarksOrHistoricalBuildings
  • Result Score: 14.89

The Cars

Rock band

  • Desc: The Cars were an American rock band that emerged from the new wave scene in the late 1970s. The band originated in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1976, with singer, rhythm guitarist, and songwriter Ric Ocasek; singer, songwriter and bassist Benjamin Orr; lead guitarist Elliot Easton; keyboardist Greg Hawkes; and drummer David Robinson.
  • URL: http://thecars.org/
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cars
  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/016vn3
  • Type: MusicGroup, Thing
  • Result Score: 14.84

Walk the Line

Soundtrack album

American Folk Blues Festival

Music Festival

American Epic: The Soundtrack


Arizona Dranes

Musical artist

  • Desc: "Arizona" Juanita Dranes was one of the first gospel artists to bring the musical styles of Holiness churches' religious music to the public in her records for Okeh and performances in the 1920s.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arizona_Dranes
  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/04z5qt
  • Type: Thing, Person
  • Result Score: 14.27

Alexis P. Suter


Wilbraham Road railway station

Wilbraham Road railway station

Railway station

Songlines Live

Album by The Derek Trucks Band

  • Desc: Songlines Live is the seventh album and second commercially released live recording and first DVD by American jam band The Derek Trucks Band, released in 2006. It was recorded at the Park West in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songlines_Live
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  • Type: MusicAlbum, Thing
  • Result Score: 12.97

Maurie Orodenker

American journalist

  • Desc: Maurie Orodenker was an American journalist, music critic and advertising agency executive. In the 1940s, when working as a record reviewer on Billboard magazine, he was one of the first to use the term "rock and roll" to describe upbeat blues and swing music of the type which soon afterwards became known as "rhythm and blues".
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurie_Orodenker
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  • Type: Person, Thing
  • Result Score: 12.90

Edna Gallmon Cooke

Gospel singer

Miss Etta James: The Complete Modern and Kent Recordings

Compilation album by Etta James

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  • Type: MusicAlbum, Thing
  • Result Score: 12.89
Lucky Millinder

Lucky Millinder

American musician

  • Desc: Lucius Venable "Lucky" Millinder was an African American rhythm-and-blues and swing bandleader. Although he could not read or write music, did not play an instrument and rarely sang, his showmanship and musical taste made his bands successful.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucky_Millinder
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  • Type: Person, Thing
  • Result Score: 12.86
Washington Phillips

Washington Phillips

American gospel singer

  • Desc: George Washington "Wash" Phillips was an American gospel and gospel blues singer and instrumentalist. The exact nature of the instrument or instruments he played is uncertain, being identified only as "novelty accompaniment" on the labels of the 78rpm records released during his lifetime.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Phillips
  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/01k1h0_
  • Type: Person, Thing
  • Result Score: 12.65

20 March


  • Desc: March 20 is the 79th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 286 days remaining until the end of the year. Typically the March equinox falls on this date, marking the vernal point in the Northern Hemisphere and the autumnal point in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_20
  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/051r2
  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 12.64
American Masters

American Masters

Television series

Ruby Turner

Ruby Turner

Jamaican singer

Glory Train: Songs of Faith, Worship, and Praise

Studio album by Randy Travis

  • Desc: Glory Train: Songs of Faith, Worship, and Praise is the seventeenth studio album released by American country music artist Randy Travis. It is his fifth album of gospel music and his fifth release for Word Records. The album comprises nineteen covers of traditional and contemporary gospel songs. No singles were released from it.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glory_Train:_Songs_of_Faith,_Worship,_and_Praise
  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/01kl2f8
  • Type: MusicAlbum, Thing
  • Result Score: 12.29



  • Desc: Chorltonville is a garden village dating from 1911 within Chorlton, in Manchester, North West England. It retains much of its original character, including architecture inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chorltonville
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  • Type: Place, Thing, City
  • Result Score: 12.08

Inez Andrews

American gospel singer

  • Desc: Sister Inez Andrews born Inez McConico and better known as Inez Andrews was an American gospel singer, songwriter and recording artist. Her soaring, wide-ranging voice — from contralto croon to soul-wrenching wail — made her a pillar of gospel music.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inez_Andrews
  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/06v62z
  • Type: Person, Thing
  • Result Score: 11.97

Together Through Life

Studio album by Bob Dylan

  • Desc: Together Through Life is the 33rd studio album by singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on April 28, 2009, by Columbia Records. The album debuted at number 1 in several countries, including the U.S. and the UK. It was Dylan's first chart-topping album in Britain since New Morning in 1970.
  • URL: http://www.bobdylan.com/
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Together_Through_Life
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  • Type: MusicAlbum, Thing
  • Result Score: 11.96

Terry Cryer

British photographer

  • Desc: Terry Cryer was a British jazz and blues photographer. Described by Mojo as "The Dean of UK jazz and blues photographers", Cryer is best known for portraits of some of the genre's most renowned performers.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Cryer
  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/0j64n7_
  • Type: Person, Thing
  • Result Score: 11.85


Record label

  • Desc: Decca Records is a British record label established in 1929 by Edward Lewis. Its U.S. label was established in late 1934 by Lewis, along with American Decca's first president Jack Kapp and later American Decca president Milton Rackmil.
  • URL: http://www.decca.com/
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decca_Records
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  • Type: Organization, Corporation, Thing
  • Result Score: 11.84
The Holmes Brothers

The Holmes Brothers

Musical trio

Marion Williams

American gospel singer

Julian Fauth


Cotton Plant

Cotton Plant

City in Arkansas

Live at The Sahara in Las Vegas

Live album by Connie Francis

MGM Records

Record label

  • Desc: MGM Records was a record label started by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film studio in 1946 for the purpose of releasing soundtrack albums of their musical films. It soon transitioned to a pop music label which continued into the 1970s.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MGM_Records
  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/01wdtv
  • Type: Corporation, Organization, Thing
  • Result Score: 11.45
Nina Simone

Nina Simone

American singer

Praise & Blame

Studio album by Tom Jones

  • Desc: Praise & Blame is the 39th studio album by Welsh musician Tom Jones, released 26 July 2010. The album was Jones’ first release with Island Records and was recorded in 2009 at the Real World Studios in Wiltshire, England.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Praise_%26_Blame
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  • Type: MusicAlbum, Thing
  • Result Score: 11.41

Anthony Heilbut

American writer

Tom Jones

Tom Jones

Welsh singer

  • Desc: Sir Thomas John Woodward OBE, also known by his stage name Tom Jones, is a Welsh singer. His career has spanned six decades, from his emergence as a vocalist in the mid-1960s with a string of top hits, regular touring, appearances in Las Vegas, and career comebacks—to coaching on The Voice UK from 2012.
  • URL: http://www.tomjones.com/
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Jones_(singer)
  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/0cg9y
  • Type: Thing, Person
  • Result Score: 11.30
Chris Rea

Chris Rea

British singer-songwriter

  • Desc: Christopher Anton Rea is a British rock and blues singer-songwriter and guitarist, recognisable for his distinctive, husky-gravel voice and slide guitar playing. The book Guinness Rockopedia described him as a "gravel-voiced guitar stalwart".
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Rea
  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/03_zgk
  • Type: Thing, Person
  • Result Score: 10.92
James Spooner

James Spooner

American tattoo artist

  • Desc: James Spooner is an American tattoo artist from New York, living in Los Angeles. He is best known for his seminal documentary film Afro-Punk, exploring the African American experience in the punk and alternative music scene.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Spooner
  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/06q5h1
  • Type: Person, Thing
  • Result Score: 10.75

Big Jim Sullivan


Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie


  • Desc: James Hugh Calum Laurie, CBE is an English actor, director, musician, comedian, and author. Laurie first gained recognition for his work as one half of the comedy double act Fry and Laurie with friend and comedy partner Stephen Fry, whom he met through mutual friend Emma Thompson whilst attending Cambridge University, where Laurie was president of the Cambridge Footlights.
  • URL: http://www.hughlaurieblues.com/
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Laurie
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  • Type: Thing, Person
  • Result Score: 10.68
Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi

Rock band

  • Desc: Bon Jovi is an American rock band from Sayreville, New Jersey. Formed in 1983, Bon Jovi consists of lead singer and namesake Jon Bon Jovi, pianist and keyboardist David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres, lead guitarist Phil X, and bassist Hugh McDonald.
  • URL: http://www.bonjovi.com/
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon_Jovi
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  • Type: MusicGroup, Thing
  • Result Score: 10.50
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Archive in Cleveland, Ohio

  • Desc: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, located on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, recognizes and archives the history of the best-known and most influential artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures who have had some major influence on the development of rock and roll.
  • URL: http://www.rockhall.com/
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_and_Roll_Hall_of_Fame
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  • Type: Thing, Place, Museum, MovieTheater, Organization, Corporation, TouristAttraction, CivicStructure
  • Result Score: 10.45

France's Concert Records

Record label

  • Desc: France's Concert Records was a 1980s independent French jazz and blues record label that is now defunct, that was set up by Esoldun to exploit the Institut National de l'Audiovisuel's recording archives. Distribution was by Wotre Music.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/France's_Concert_Records
  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/0ch1xzd
  • Type: Organization, Thing, Corporation
  • Result Score: 10.45

J. Mayo Williams

American record producer

  • Desc: Jay Mayo "Ink" Williams was a pioneering African-American producer of recorded blues music. Ink Williams earned his nickname by his ability to get the signatures of talented African-American musicians on recording contracts.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Mayo_Williams
  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/02rb64c
  • Type: Person, Thing
  • Result Score: 10.42

Bill Randle

American disc jockey

Louis Cennamo

Bass guitarist

  • Desc: Louis David Cennamo is a prominent English bass guitarist, whose lengthy career has included extensive recording and touring with a number of important British rock/blues/progressive bands.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Cennamo
  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/0fzg05
  • Type: Person, Thing
  • Result Score: 10.05

Long John's Blues

Album by Long John Baldry

  • Desc: Long John's Blues was the début solo album by British blues singer Long John Baldry and his band, the Hoochie Coochie Men, featuring musicians who had previously played alongside Baldry in the Cyril Davies All-Stars.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_John's_Blues
  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/0ch0v2s
  • Type: MusicAlbum, Thing
  • Result Score: 10.05

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Description. Lang: en

Sister Rosetta Tharpe (March 20, 1915 – October 9, 1973) was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and recording artist. As a pioneer of mid-20th-century music, she attained popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with her gospel recordings, characterized by a unique mixture of spiritual lyrics and rhythmic accompaniment that was a precursor of rock and roll. She was the first great recording star of gospel music and among the first gospel musicians to appeal to rhythm-and-blues and rock-and-roll audiences, later being referred to as "the original soul sister" and "the Godmother of rock and roll". She influenced early rock-and-roll musicians, including Little Richard, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Tharpe was a pioneer in her guitar technique; she was among the first popular recording artists to use heavy distortion on her electric guitar, presaging the rise of electric blues. Her guitar playing technique had a profound influence on the development of British blues in the 1960s; in particular a European tour with Muddy Waters in 1963 with a stop in Manchester is cited by prominent British guitarists such as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Keith Richards.
Willing to cross the line between sacred and secular by performing her music of "light" in the "darkness" of nightclubs and concert halls with big bands behind her, Tharpe pushed spiritual music into the mainstream and helped pioneer the rise of pop-gospel, beginning in 1938 with the recording "Rock Me" and with her 1939 hit "This Train". Her unique music left a lasting mark on more conventional gospel artists such as Ira Tucker, Sr., of the Dixie Hummingbirds. While she offended some conservative churchgoers with her forays into the pop world, she never left gospel music.
Tharpe's 1944 release "Down by the Riverside" was selected for the National Recording Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress in 2004, which noted that it "captures her spirited guitar playing and unique vocal style, demonstrating clearly her influence on early rhythm-and-blues performers" and cited her influence on "many gospel, jazz, and rock artists". ("Down by the Riverside" was recorded by Tharpe on December 2, 1948, in New York City, and issued as Decca single 48106.) Her 1945 hit "Strange Things Happening Every Day", recorded in late 1944, featured Tharpe's vocals and electric guitar, with Sammy Price (piano), bass and drums. It was the first gospel record to cross over, hitting no. 2 on the Billboard "race records" chart, the term then used for what later became the R&B chart, in April 1945. The recording has been cited as precursor of rock and roll. On December 13, 2017, Tharpe was chosen for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an Early Influence.
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