Aretha Franklin's big sister, Erma Franklin, never got the accolades her little sis received. But, like her sister, she could belt it out. Years of gospel singing in her father's church honed her skills to perfection. Erma released her 9th single, the Jerry Ragavoy and Bert Berns composed Piece Of My Heart, in October of 1967.
Big Brother And The Holding Company
In August of 1968, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Janis Joplin's first band, released Piece Of My Heart as their 6th single, and the first for major label, Columbia Records. The harder edge version of the song made it to #12 on the pop charts.
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