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Afternoon Song – Rock Me

March 20, 2016

Here’s the godmother of rock ‘n’ roll, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, with the great boogie-woogie piano man, Albert Ammons, at the historic 1938 “Spirituals To Swing” Carnegie Hall concert, performing “Rock Me”, less than two months after she went into the studio for Decca Records (making it both her and the label’s first gospel recording).

Is it a gospel song? a boogie-woogie barroom dance number? jazz? It’s not rhythm and blues, soul, or rock and roll, because those genres won’t exist for at least another decade (at least, according to the record industry executives who decide these things).

Let me know if you figure it out.  Whatever the answer is, all I know is I want to go to her church.


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