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Sunday, 14 December 2014
Some Sunday Soul
This week's featured artist is Erma Vernice Franklin (1938 -2002).
Best known for Piece of My Heart later memorably covered by Janis Joplin.
She was perhaps overshadowed by young sister Aretha for whom along with their other sister Carolyn she often sang backing vocals for including on Aretha's signature tune Respect.
She was however an excellent singer in her own right as these two songs from the early 60s clearly demonstrate.
An excellent soul voice with a touch of jazz which sometimes verged towards easy listening. Certainly easy on the ears and much under rated.
Her father the Reverend C.L.Franklin could also belt out a good tune although not quite as easy on the ear as those of his daughters.
Erma Franklin - Ev'rytime We Say Goodbye
Erma Franklin - Love is Blind