And today we’ll explore how rock, soul, and R&B grew out of this gospel influence: Sam Cooke’s emergence as a soul singer epitomized this moment; Sister Rosetta Tharpe defined what it meant to be a rock star and influenced some of the early rock ‘n’ rollers; and The Edwin Hawkins Singers solidified gospel music’s place alongside pop music, with their mainstream hit, “Oh Happy Day.” That’s coming up, on the next World Cafe.

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