PIECE OF MY HEART

Latest update on 01/11/2018

Artist: Erma Franklin
Author: Jerry Ragovoy/Bert Berns
Label: Shout
Year: 1967

Older sister of Aretha, with Eric Gale on bass. Shout was one of Bert Berns' labels. Janis Joplin's cover blocked Erma's breakthrough. Revitalised by a jeans commercial, for once advertising with a real original.

Covers:

1968:

Marmalade

1968:

Big Brother & The Holding Company [with Janis Joplin]

1968:

Brooklyn Bridge

1968:

Dusty Springfield [as Take Another Little Piece Of My Heart]

1969:

Delaney & Bonnie

1969:

Maxine Brown

1969:

Koobas

1970:

Move

1970:

Bettye LaVette

1970:

Janis Joplin

1971:

Ike & Tina Turner

1973:

Bryan Ferry

1977:

Bonnie Tyler

1978:

Etta James

1981:

Peabo Bryson

1982:

Sammy Hagar

1983:

Au Pairs

1983:

Raymond Van het Groenewoud [in film Brussels By Night]

1989:

Nazareth

1995:

Faith Hill [C&W hit; Jerry Ragovoy's second favorite version apart from the original]

1997:

Otis Clay

1997:

Shaggy

1998:

The King

1998:

Phoebe Snow

2016:

Steven Tyler

Writers Bert Berns and Jerry Ragovoy are specialised in shouted soul: Jerry also wrote Cry Baby (Janis Joplin) and Time Is On My Side (Irma Thomas, Rolling Stones). Bert was the man who lured Van Morrison to the States and who wrote his Here Comes The Night. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love is also by him. Bert Berns was streetwise, Ragovoy sophisticated. Jerry was shocked by the Big Brother & The Holding Company cover, just as he was shocked the first time he heard what the Stones had done with his Time Is On My Side (see there).

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