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During World War II, Tharpe was so popular that she was one of only two black gospel acts -- the Golden Gate Quartet being the other -- to record V-Discs for American soldiers overseas; she also toured the nation in the company of the Dixie Hummingbirds , among others. In 1944, she began recording with boogie-woogie pianist Sammy Price ; their first collaboration, "Strange Things Happening Every Day," even cracked Billboard's race records Top Ten, a rare feat for a gospel act, and one which she repeated several more times during the course of her career. In 1946, she teamed with the Newark-based Sanctified shouter Madame Marie Knight , whose simple, unaffected vocals made her the perfect counterpoint for Tharpe 's theatrics; the duo's first single, "Up Above My Head," was a huge hit, and over the next few years they played to tremendous crowds across the church circuit.

Tharpe was inducted into the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame this year for her role in establishing the sound of early rock-and-roll music.


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