Erma Franklin – I Get The Sweetest Feeling

I was amazed and delighted that we got someone as prestigious and legendary as Erma Franklin to participate in The Strange World Of Northern Soul, performing her much rarer version of this monster Jackie Wilson Northern Soul crossover classic, thanks, mainly, to Pat Lewis being her close friend. And gutted then when she died in 2002, so full of life and so articulate and talented. What a terrible waste. Erma was born in Shelby, Mississippi in 1939. When she was six, they moved to Detroit, where her father became the minister of New Bethel Baptist Church. After High School, Erma toured the country for two years in her father’s gospel group. Continuing with her studies, Erma met up with a young Berry Gordy, who as we know today would form the legendary Motown label. Erma recalled how they went to Chicago to do some things with Chess “and we hardly had two bits between us.” At Chess, they met up with producer Billy Davis but nothing came of it except being an inspiration for a huge hit later for Etta James called “All I Could Do Was Cry.” Erma was all set to join Motown and would have recorded many of the early songs later sung by Marv Johnson and Mary Wells but, Rev. Franklin prevented it. “I couldn’t very well argue with my father when he said it was a choice between leaving home and singing or staying at home and studying – so I decided to stay at home and study!” During this time younger sister Aretha was signed to a recording contract from Columbia records. Fortunately

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The Best Soul / R&B Songs of the 50s – part one

Full Songlist- Part One- 1950- Cupid Boogie (Little Esther Philipps) Blue Light Boogie (Louis Jordan) Please Send Me Someone To Love (Percy Mayfield) The Fat Man (Fats Dominoe) Blue Shadows (Lowell Fulson) Teardrops From My Eyes (Ruth Brown) Double Crossing Blues (Little Esther Philipps) 1951- Fool Fool Fool (The Clovers) Don’t You Know I Love You (The Clovers) Chica Boo (Lloyd Glenn) Rocket 88 (Jackie Breston and his Delta Cats) Flamingo (Earl Bostic) T-99 Blues (Jimmy Nelson) Bad Bad Whiskey (Amos Milburn) Three O’Clock Blues (BB King) Sixty Minute Man (The Dominoes) 1952- Lawdy Miss Clawdy (Lloyd Price) Night Train (Jimmy Forrest) Booted (Roscoe Gordon) My Song (Johnny Ace) Juke (Little Walter) Have Mercy Baby (The Dominoes) Five Long Years (Eddie Boyd) Part Two- 1953- Honey Hush (Big Joe Turner) I’m Mad (Willie Mabon) Mess Around (Ray Charles) Dedicated To The One I Love (The 5 Royales) Please Love Me (BB King) Shake a Hand (Faye Adams) Money Honey (Clyde McPhatter and the Driffters) Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean (Ruth Brown) Thunderbird (Ray Anthony) Crying in the Chapel (The Orioles) 1954- I Got a Woman (Ray Charles) Shake Rattle and Roll (Big Joe Turner) You Upset Me Baby (BB King) Sh-Boom (The Chords) Earth Angel (The Penguins) Work With Me Annie (Hank Ballard and the Midnighters) Hearts of Stone (The Charms) 1955- Bo Diddley (Bo Diddley) Blue Monday (Fats Domino) Ain’t That a Shame (Fats Domino) My Babe (Little Walter) Sincerely (The Moonglows) The