We heard a lot about Elvis, Chuck Berry, and numerous other male performers from the 1940’s- 50’s I think many of these great performers made great contribution to the music. But I think those who first put it on the scene should be accredited for it. And genders should be a reason for discrediting them.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe (March 20, 1915 – October 9, 1973) She often called the Mother of Rock and Roll. Although, surpising she wasn’t a blues singer. She was a gospel singer. Rock and Roll has it root in Negro spirituals which grew out of slavery in America. In African American church. She was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and recording artist. As a pioneer of mid-20th-century music, she attained popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with her gospel recordings, characterized by a unique mixture of spiritual lyrics and rhythmic accompaniment that was a precursor of rock and roll. She was the first great recording star of gospel music and among the first gospel musicians to appeal to rhythm-and-blues and rock-and-roll audiences, later being referred to as “the original soul sister” and “the Godmother of rock and roll” She influenced early rock-and-roll musicians, including Little Richard, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Roy, Orbison, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and many others.
There would be no Beatles nor Rolling Stones had not been for Sister Rosetta Tharpe winning the world over with her new sound to a very old music. So it is hard to get around her influence no matter who is your favorite singer. She influenced everything from Country to Rap.
Another memorable lady is Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton (December 11, 1926 – July 25, 1984) was an American rhythm-and-blues singer and songwriter. She was the first to record Leiber and Stoller’s “Hound Dog”, in 1952, which became her biggest hit, staying seven weeks at number one on the Billboard R&B chart in 1953 and selling almost two million copies. Thornton’s other recordings included the original version of “Ball ‘n’ Chain”, which she wrote
You hear next to nothing of the women who gave birth to Rock and Roll. Even down to the stage performance of Elvis you will find Big Mama Thornton rocking the guaitar the same but she predate all these men who susppisedly founded Rock and Roll.