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Alan Lomax. Huddie Ledbetter (Leadbelly) and Martha Promise Ledbetter. 1935.
B.B. King performing at the Newport Jazz Festival on Sunday, July 6th, 1969.
"One of the most amazing things that I discovered when I was doing my research was a review of a performance of hers in England in 1970 compared her to a blacked-up Elvis in drag. And what’s so astonishing to me was the fact that history was already being rewritten - when in fact Rosetta Tharpe had been influential to Elvis Presley. The way that we remember or forget is not just about the natural passage of time, it’s also a social process. And forgetting takes place through discrete repeated acts of forgetting, [and] that process happens especially to black women performers in the musical world."
-Prof. Gale Wald on Sister Rosetta Tharpe