It took a while but I finally did hear an Erma Franklin song many years ago. One night when I was visiting CKUT’s WeFunk, Professor Groove played a song from one of her 7”. The song was good but what was most remarkable about the 7” was that the flip side was damaged. The song played was from the only surviving side. My mind wondered what the other side must have sounded like.
I was hunting for female funk and soul or other genres groovy enough for my Suite Delight radio show. I browsed the Aretha Franklin section of a Plateau record store and realized that I wouldn’t be able to play Aretha as much as I would want.
That was when I had my revelation that Aretha’s sisters would be great additions to my playlists. Any sibling of Aretha Franklin could and should be able to sing and even if they are not as renowned.