Erma Franklin - Her Name Is Erma (LP)
Wax Love presents a reissue of Erma Franklin's Her Name Is Erma, originally released in 1962. Erma Franklin was born in 1938 in Shelby, MS, but was raised -- with her sisters, Aretha and Carolyn -- in Detroit, MI. The son of the legendary preacher, gospel musician, and civil rights activist Rev. C.L. Franklin, Erma grew up singing in the church, like so many other R&B and soul greats of the time. After recording backing vocals with her sister, Erma got the chance in 1962 to cut her debut LP. Though she would only record one more album, Soul Sister (VAMPI 029CD, 2011) and retire from music entirely in the 1970s, this debut shows a singer just as talented as her more famous sister. A husky, soulful belter of a voice is showcased here, with all the tracks from the original album plus more.