HER NAME IS ERMA
Erma Vernice Franklin (March 13, 1938 – September 7, 2002) was an American gospel and R&B singer. Erma was the elder sister of American singer / musician Aretha Franklin and singer / songwriter Carolyn Franklin.
Erma 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.
Erma wielded a powerful, emotive voice that she could carry with a dancer’s grace – or unload with a sledgehammer’s heft. “Piece of My Heart” was originally written for Erma by the great songwriting duo of Jerry Ragavoy and Bert Berns. She tears into the chorus with a terrifying passion that has haunted many singers since.