Discovered this thanks to Alan Cross and I recommend you check him out too. Lotsa great music history tidbits over there, but March 20, 1915 (two days ago from when i type these words) was the one hundredth birthday of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who many historians of rock and roll attribute as being the godmother of rock and roll. She came from humble southern roots, and performed for congregations and her Christian god around the country growing up as a musician, singer, and charming personality. She’s the first woman known to pick up a steel guitar and rock it like no one else before. Every rock n roll musician from Elvis Presley to Warren Zevon to Adam Levine owe their careers and their lives to this woman’s groundbreaking urban gospel sound. I would argue she’s not merely the mother of rock and roll but also its midwife. She delivered rock and roll from its roots to the mainstream world. I may respectfully disagree with her beliefs, but her effect on modern music is evident, and I like her style. The woman could play an electric guitar like she meant to set the devil himself on fire. I feel she believed she did just that.