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Remembering The Legacy Of Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe, guitar-playing American gospel singer, gives an inpromptu performance in a lounge at London Airport, following her arrival from New York on November 21, 1957.

Before there was rock 'n' roll, there was Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

She was a leading figure in birthing rock 'n' roll from gospel music in the mid-20th century. A group of Greensboro musicians will honor Sister Rosetta Tharpe with an evening of storytelling and music.

Host Frank Stasio talks with musician Logie Meachum about Sister Rosetta Tharpe's legendary work and influence.

Meachum performs the music of Tharpe live with accompanying musicians.'Greensboro's Tribute To Sister Rosetta Tharpe'takes place Saturday, June 4 at 5 p.m. at Barber Park in Greensboro.

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Charlie Shelton-Ormond is a podcast producer for WUNC.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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