Didn’t It Rain? On 7 May 1964 Rosetta Tharpe’s Blues And Gospel Train Thundered Into Manchester

By Paul Sorene, Flashbak

In 1964, Sister Rosetta Tharpe delivered a sensational live performance of Didn’t It Rain? in Manchester, England. Tharpe was part of the touring American Folk-Blues festival, which included such notable black American musicians as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, Lonnie Johnson, Otis Spann, Big Mama Thornton, Bukka White, Big Joe Williams, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Sugar Pie DeSanto and Big Joe Turner.

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