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Erma Franklin (March 13, 1938 – September 7, 2002) was an American gospel and R&B singer. She was the oldest daughter of Barbara (née Siggers) and the Reverend C. L. Franklin and the elder sister of Aretha Franklin. Her best known recording was the original version of "Piece of My Heart," written and produced by Bert Berns. Erma Vernice Franklin was born in Shelby, Mississippi and was reared in Detroit, Michigan where her father was pastor of the New Bethel Baptist Church. She was raised by both her parent...

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