LADIES FIRST brings you another classic song that 'she did first'.
Most Soul Music fans know that Aretha Franklin was backed up by her sisters on stage and record, and that Carolyn Franklin and Erma Franklin had fine recordings of their own.
Erma recorded the first version of "Piece Of My Heart" in 1967.
ERMA FRANKLIN -"Piece Of My Heart" (1967)
Kindred Soul sister Janis Joplin admired that single so much that she recorded it on her band's classic album debut, CHEAP THRILLS. It became a standard in her repertoire to the extent that many think it was originally her song.
BIG BROTHER AND THE HOLDING COMPANY, w/ JANIS JOPLIN -"Piece Of My Heart" (1968)
Just to prove that there's plenty of Erma's heart to go around, the song has gained new life from Dusty Springfield, Bryan Ferry, Bonnie Tyler, Etta James, Faith Hill, Melissa Etheridge, Pink, Beverly Knight, and Steven Tyler.
© Tym Stevens
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