Sister Rosetta Tharpe—often called the Godmother of Rock and Roll—performing in Manchester, England in 1964, as part of The British Tours of “The American Folk Blues Festival”. This video showcases her rendition of Didn’t It Rain as well as Trouble in Mind.
This year Sister Rosetta Tharpe will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Class of 2018 on April 14th, in the category of Early Influences. BBC reporter Chris Long relates that University of Salford’s Dr. Chris Lee says of the 1963 performance in Manchester “that a minibus came from London to that show and in it were Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Keith Richards and Brian Jones. They came all that way just to watch the concert.”
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