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Tue 23 Mar 2010 22:30 BBC Radio 2

1 hour
First broadcast:
Tuesday 23 March 2010

Another chance to hear Ruby Turner tell the extraordinary story of the guitar playing gospel singer, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who would have celebrated her 95th birthday this month (20.3.1915)

Rosetta was one of the most innovative gospel musicians of her time. In her music you can hear blues, R & B and rock 'n' roll and she influenced the likes of Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard.

When she married 20,000 people attended the wedding in a baseball stadium, yet when she died she was buried in an unmarked grave.

Ruby Turner charts her rise to fame and popularity and subsequent demise in a documentary that first broadcast on Radio 2 last March.


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