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Erma Franklin

Erma Vernice Franklin (March 13, 1938 – September 7, 2002) was an American gospel and soul singer. Franklin's best known recording was the original version of "Piece of My Heart", written and produced by Bert Berns, and recorded in 1967, for which she was nominated for a Grammy Award. A cover version of the same song was recorded the following year by Big Brother and the Holding Company, with the lead vocal by Janis Joplin. Franklin was the elder sister of American singer/musician Aretha Franklin.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 13, 1938 (Shelby), Died September 7, 2002 (Detroit)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1969

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 121118 2/4/1969 Gotta find me a lover (24 hours a day)-1 Erma Franklin vocalist  
Decca 121119 2/4/1969 Change my thoughts from you-2 Erma Franklin vocalist  
Decca 121150 2/7/1969 Son-of-a-preacher man-1 Erma Franklin vocalist  
Decca 121151 2/7/1969 Light my fire Erma Franklin vocalist  
Decca 121164 2/12/1969 By the time I get to Phoenix Erma Franklin vocalist  
Decca 121320 3/14/1969 Hold on, I'm comin' Erma Franklin vocalist  
Decca 121321 3/14/1969 Baby I love you Erma Franklin vocalist  
Decca 121400 3/19/1969 Saving my love for you-4 Erma Franklin vocalist  
Decca 121401 3/19/1969 Can't see my way-3 Erma Franklin vocalist  
Decca 121402 3/19/1969 You've been cancelled- 2, 3 Erma Franklin vocalist  
Decca 121403 3/19/1969 For once in my life- 1, 2, 3 Erma Franklin vocalist  
Decca 122015 8/22/1969 It could've been me Erma Franklin vocalist  
Decca 122016 I just don't need you at all Erma Franklin vocalist  
Decca 122217 Higher and higher Erma Franklin vocalist  
Decca 122218 Whispers (Gettin' louder) Erma Franklin vocalist  
Decca 122219 (I get the) Sweetest feeling Erma Franklin vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Franklin, Erma," accessed July 20, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/316241.

Franklin, Erma. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 20, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/316241.

"Franklin, Erma." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 20 July 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/316241

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