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Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915–1973)

Sister Rosetta Tharpe was born on March 20, 1915 in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, USA as Rosetta Nubin. She was married to Russell Morrison and Thomas Thorpe. She died on October 9, 1973 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. See full bio »

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Walk the Line Soundtrack
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 2016 Elvis & Nixon (performer: "There Will Be Peace In The Valley For Me")
 2016 11.22.63 (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Rabbit Hole (2016) ... (writer: "Strange Things Happening" - uncredited)
 2009 Jools's Annual Hootenanny (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #17.0 (2009) ... (writer: "This Train")
 2008 No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos (Documentary) (writer: "Strange Things Are Happening Every Day")
 2007 The Great Debaters (writer: "Up Above My Head I Hear Music in the Air")
 2007 My Kid Could Paint That (Documentary) (performer: "Strange Things Happen Everyday") / (writer: "Strange Things Happen Everyday")
 2006 Weeds (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Last Tango in Agrestic (2006) ... (writer: "Strange Things Are Happening")
  House (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2006) (writer - 1 episode, 2006)
- House vs. God (2006) ... (performer: "My Journey to the Sky" - uncredited) / (writer: "My Journey to the Sky" - uncredited)
 2005 Walk the Line (performer: "Didn't It Rain") / (writer: "Didn't It Rain")
  The Blues (TV Series documentary) (performer - 2 episodes, 2003) (writer - 2 episodes, 2003)
- Red, White and Blues (2003) ... (performer: "Up Above My Head There's Music in the Air") / (writer: "Up Above My Head There's Music in the Air" - as Rosetta Tharpe)
- Warming by the Devil's Fire (2003) ... (performer: "Up Above My Head There's Music in the Air", "Precious Memories") / (writer: "Up Above My Head There's Music in the Air", "Precious Memories" - as Rosetta Tharpe)
 2001 Amélie (performer: "Up Above My Head" - uncredited) / (writer: "Up Above My Head" - uncredited)
 2000 Long John Baldry: In the Shadow of the Blues (Documentary) (performer: "Up Above My Head")
 1990 Cadence (writer: "End of My Journey")
 1990 To Sleep with Anger (performer: "Precious Memories" - as Sister Rosetta Thorpe)
 1976 So It Goes (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (1976) ... (performer: "I've Got the Blues, But I'm Too Damn Mean to Cry")
 1970 Movin' (TV Movie) (writer: "Up Above My Head")
 1968 Elvis: The Comeback Special (TV Special documentary) (writer: "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child / Where Could I Go But to the Lord / Up Above My Head / Saved")
 1964 Shindig! (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Bobby Freeman, Johnny Rivers, The Righteous Brothes and Jody Miller (1964) ... (writer: "(Up Above My Head) There's Music in the Air")
- Sam Cooke, The Everly Brothers, The Righteous Brothers and Jackie & Gayle (1964) ... (writer: "(Up Above My Head) There's Music in the Air", "(Up Above My Head) There's Music in the Air" reprise)
- Pilot (1964) ... (writer: "(Up Above My Head) There's Music in the Air")
 1964 Blues and Gospel Train (TV Movie) (performer: "Didn't It Rain", "Trouble in Mind")
 1959 The Danny Thomas Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Frankie Laine Sings for Gina (1959) ... (writer: "Up Above My Head")
 1953 The Milton Berle Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #6.3 (1953) ... (writer: "Didn't It Rain")
 1941 Four or Five Times (Short) (performer: "Four or Five Times")
 1941 The Lonesome Road (Short) (performer: "The Lonesome Road")
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Pictured (as Sister Rosetta) on one of a set of four 32¢ US commemorative postage stamps in the Legends of American Music series, issued 15 July 1998, celebrating "Gospel Singers". Others honored in this set are Mahalia Jackson, Roberta Martin, and Clara Ward. See more »

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