“Let's do that again!” This compilation of fiery Sister Rosetta Tharpe guitar solos shows how her revolutionary playing inspired blues-rock greats like Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck and the Rolling Stones

Sister Rosetta Tharpe performs at Cafe Society Downtown in New York City on December 11, 1940
(Image credit: Charles Peterson/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Recognition of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and her seismic impact on the development of rock electric guitar playing, has increased in recent years. Mind you, that bar of recognition was incredibly low to begin with.

Tharpe – a native of Arkansas – was a genuine star in the '50s and '60s, and was prominent enough in the early part of the latter decade to come to the attention of, and hugely influence, the playing of virtually the entire crop of what would become the A-tier of British blues-rock guitarists.  

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.