Erma Vernice Franklin (March 13, 1938 – September 7, 2002) was an American gospel and soul singer. Franklin was the elder sister of American singer/musician Aretha Franklin. 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.
Birth and Death Data: Born March 13th, 1938 (Shelby), Died September 7th, 2002 (Detroit)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1969
Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist
|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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Franklin, Erma," accessed January 15, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/316241.
Franklin, Erma. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 15, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/316241.
"Franklin, Erma." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 15 January 2021.
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