Did you know that Erma Franklin went to Chicago with a pre-Motown Berry Gordy, then a songwriter, to record for Chess? I did not know that, until tonight. The two went to Chicago, around 1959-'60, well before younger sister Aretha became a household name. The sessions ended up fruitless, but she stayed in touch with Gordy. When the time came, she was ready to sign with Motown, but her dad nixed the idea, insisting she stay in school. Years later she ended up at IBM, where she was was still working when she recorded "Piece of My Heart". The song became a hit, but then there was Aretha. Yeah. You can't say that Erma's voice was every bit as good as Aretha's, because, c'mon, we're talking about Aretha Franklin. How many singers can even come close? But Erma Franklin, did she ever have an excellent voice. The girl just couldn't get a break.
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