Performing from the age of four onwards, “Little Rosetta Nubin, the singing and guitar playing miracle” was a gospel sensation. A conduit for jazz, blues and all the music she was exposed to during her showbiz upbringing, she became a huge star in the late 1930s.
Her style was an influence on many of the pioneers of rock ’n’ roll, and footage of her on Chicago’s 1962 TV Gospel Time show proves why. Clutching an immaculate-looking Polar white Les Paul/SG Custom and peeling off dextrous picked bends and doublestops through a cranked Gibson GA-8 Discoverer amp, her performance is testament to an unearthly talent.
Listen: Up Above My Head (live television performance, circa 1960)