Pioneering gospel artist Rosetta Tharpe was born in Cotton Plant Ark., on March 20, 1915. Known as “Sister” Rosetta, Tharpe’s career spanned the 1930s through the 1970s, until her death in 1973 at age 58.

Her hit songs include “Down by the Riverside” (1944). Artists including Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin have cited Tharpe as a musical influence.