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Erma Franklin

The Cleo-Patretts (members Erma Franklin, ......................................)

J. V. B. 23 - Say, Would You, Babe / No Other Love - 1953

Erma Franklin
(younger sister of Aretha Franklin)

Epic 9468 - Don't Blame Me / What Kind Of Girl - 1961
Epic 9488 - Hello Again / It's Over - 1962
Epic 9511 - Each Night I Cry / Time After Time - 1962
Epic 9516 - Dear Mama / Never Again - 1962
Epic 9559 - Don't Wait Too Long / Time After Time - 1962
Epic 9594 - Have You Ever Had The Blues / I Don't Want No Mama's Boy - 1963
Epic 9610 - Abracadabra / Love Is Blind - 1963

The Lloyd Price Orchestra (Erma Franklin was the Orchestra's featured vocalist between her next solo recording contract)

Erma Franklin

Shout 218 - Big Boss Man / Didn't Catch The Dog's Bone - 1967
Shout 221 - Piece Of My Heart / Baby What You Want Me To Do - 1967
Shout 230 - Open Up Your Soul / I'm Just Not Ready For Love - 1967
Shout 234 - Right To Cry / I'm Just Not Ready For Love - 1968
Brunswick 55403 - Gotta Find Me A Lover (24 Hours A Day) / Change My Thoughts From You - 1969
Brunswick 55415 - Savng My Love / You've Been Cancelled - 1969
Brunswick 55424 - I Just Don't Need You (At All) / It Could've Been Me - 1969
Brunswick 55430 - Whisper's (Gettin' Louder)* / (I Get The) Sweetest Feeling** - 1970


Epic Ln-3824 - Her Name Is Erma - 1962 (Mono)
Epic Bn-619 - Her Name Is Erma - 1962 (Stereo)
Brunswick Bl-754147 - Soul Sister - 1969


In the late 1950's Erma Franklin was approached by Berry Gordy and Billy Davis into becoming the first artist on their new upcoming record label. She even went to Chicago with the pair of them to see Phil Chess of CHESS records hoping they would distribute their label. But her father convinced Erma to stay at school and finish her education. Erma subsequently enrolled in Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia, majoring in business administration and secretarial science. Erma was later devastated when she learned that three songs originally intended for her to sing were recorded by others: "You Got What It Takes" by Marv Johnson, "All I Could Do Was Cry" by Etta James and "Sweetest Feeling" by Jackie Wilson.
The 1960 recording, "All I Could Do Was Cry" by Etta James on ARGO 5339 was written by Berry Gordy from Erma's personal break-up with a boyfriend.
When Aretha Franklin left Columbia Records and signed with Atlantic Records, both Erma and her late sister, Carolyn (born 13-May-1944 in Memphis, Tennessee. Died 25-April-1988 in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Cause: cancer) did the background vocals for their sister's first recordings. Some of those songs included "You Make Me Feel Like (A Natural Woman)," "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" and "Baby, I Love You." .