Sister Rosetta Tharpe "Up Above My Head" December 14 2014

Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915 – 1973) was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist. A pioneer of 20th-century music, she became gospel music's first crossover artist, referred to later as "the original soul sister."  She was an early influence on figures such as Little Richard, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley.

Tharpe pushed spiritual music into the mainstream and helped pioneer the rise of pop–gospel. This clip was filmed in approximately 1960 on the show "TV Gospel Time." One of her videos also appears in the Terry Zwigoff film "Ghost World," based on the Daniel Clowes graphic novel created in 1993.