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Name: T. C. I. Women's Four
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Name: Tennessee Music & Printing Company Quartet
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Name: Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Birth Name: Rosetta Nubin
Born: 20th March 1915, Cotton Plant, Arkansas
Died: 9th October 1973, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Sister Rosetta Tharpe was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist. A one-of-a-kind pioneer of 20th-century music, Tharpe attained great popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with her gospel recordings that were a unique mixture of spiritual lyrics and early rock and roll accompaniment. As the first recording artist to impact the music charts with her spiritual recordings, Tharpe became the first superstar of gospel music and also became known as "the original soul sister."

Willing to cross the line between sacred and secular by performing her inspirational music of 'light' in the 'darkness' of the nightclubs and concert halls with big bands behind her, Tharpe's witty, idiosyncratic style also 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 world of pop music, she never left gospel music.
 -Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sister_Rosetta_Tharpe)
 

Recording career: She began performing in 1919 at the age of 4 and her recording career spanned 1938 - 1973.
Most popular song(s): "Rock Me", "This Train", "Didn't It Rain"
Musical Influences: She was a treasured early influence on iconic figures such as Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Aretha Franklin and Johnny Cash.
References / links: See Bibliography for "Shout, Sister, Shout! - The Untold Story of Rock-And-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe"
       

 

Name: Rev. C. F. Thornton
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Name: Rev. Charles Albert Tindley
Aka: "The Prince of Preachers"
Born: 7 July 1851, Berlin, Maryland
Died: 26 July 1933
Biography Synopsis: Rev. Charles Tindley was a Methodist preacher and gospel music composer  who educated himself, gaining experience from camp-meetings, and founded one of the largest Methodist congregations serving the African-American community on the East Coast of the United States. In the 1870s he established the East Calvary Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, where the congregation over time grew to a multiracial congregation of 10,000. The Church was re-named after his death as "TindleyTemple".
 
Most popular song(s): "Leave It There" (recorded many times as "Take Your Burdens To The Lord"), "I'll Overcome Some Day", "What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?", and "Stand By Me". These songs and 30 others were published in his 'New Songs of Paradise' (1916), intended for Sunday Schools and social gatherings. The 'New Songs of Paradise No. 6' (1941) brought together all 46 of his published hymns.
 
Musical Influences: Recognised as one of the founding fathers of gospel music. His composition "I'll Overcome Someday" is credited by some as the basis for the U.S. Civil Rights anthem "We Shall Overcome".
 
References / links: Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Albert_Tindley)
 
     

 

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