When Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915-1973) arrived in Manchester, England in 1964 she wasn’t about to let a little bit of rain stop her from putting on a powerhouse of a show. As soon as she steps off her horse chariot in her iconic white coat and famous guitar, and walks to her train stations stage, she shows everyone exactly why she is the Godmother of Rock & Roll. The clip above was taken from the documentary The American Folk Blues Festival: The British Tours. To learn more about Sister Rosetta Tharpe you can read the fascinating 2007 biography Shout, Sister, Shout!: The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe.