And now for some of the “other” history

On Saturday, I posted a video on the history of the guitar solo. On Sunday, a reader email came in reminding me that, as is all too common of historical reviews, this one left out half of the human race. I did note upon first watching it that it omitted one of the best rock guitarists of the 70s and 80s — Nancy Wilson of Heart — but had not realized that it also left out a woman who is often credited with not only originating the guitar solo, but also influencing the entire genre of rock. Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley both admired her and were tremendously influenced by her skill at “picking.” Her name was Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Here’s part of a BBC documentary on her life. Check out the guitar solo from 1:45–2:15.

Hat tip to Mary Robertson.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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One Response to And now for some of the “other” history

  1. Ana_ñ says:

    This exceptional woman is somehow outside of time. So, as an unexpected bonus of the “other” history, it makes me feel younger. 😀

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