Sister Rosetta Tharpe started in the church and was heavily influenced by the gospel. In the 1930s, Tharpe released her first sides on Decca records. While Tharpe is singing “This little light of Mine,” it is evident that Tharpe has a passion for gospel colored with blues. As a guitarist, she has significantly influenced the next generation of rock and roll musicians after her. Tharpe died on October 9th of a stroke in Philadelphia.