Erma Franklin- 'Piece Of My Heart'- The Original Grammy Nominated Track Janis Joplin Is Best Known For- Written By Bert Berns and Jerry Ragavoy and Performed by Aretha's Sister In 1967

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Erma was the daughter of Barbara and the Rev.C. L. Franklin. She was also the elder sister of Aretha Franklin. She began her career backing her Sis on recordings such as ‘Respect’. Business brokers and record labels had few clues regarding the promotion of a Soul Sister so rough and authentic. Her finest moment may very well have arrived on June 28, 1990 when she performed at the Nelson Mandela rally at Tiger Stadium… Erma was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2002. She passed in Detroit that same September at the age of 64. Rolling Stone has ‘Piece of My Heart’ listed as number 364 on its top 500 Greatest songs of all time time but Erma Franklin and and song writer Bert Berns are relegated to the slow Lane of Pop Culture reflections.

By Rich Buckland 04/02/2013 06:44 PM

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