Chicago public radio station WBEZ recently ran a long piece about the Roberts Temple, a Pentecostal church on the South Side that has played an important role in city and national history. As the story explains:
Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ is known for hosting the 1955 funeral of Emmett Till, which helped spark the civil rights movement. But three decades earlier, it also launched the career of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who is known as the godmother of rock ’n’ roll.
Tharpe, the lesser known of the two figures, played the electric guitar and sang a mix of gospel and proto-rock. She influenced Elvis, Bob Dylan, and many others, and she will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 14.
UPDATE: The video of "Down By the Riverside" evidently cannot be played other than on Youtube. You can see it at this link. I have also added another version at the bottom of this post, though it is audio only.