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Piece of My Heart

August 17, 2009


I bet you mopes thought that Janis Joplin first wrote and performed this song, didn’t you? Well, don’t feel bad: I did, too, until watching The Wire recently (I’m about three years behind, pop culture-wise) I saw a scene wherein one of my favorite characters, Lester Freamon, was sitting on stakeout watching for dealers and listening to music in his car—specifically, this song, which was written by Jerry Ragavoy and Bert Berns, and originally recorded (that’s the version linked to below) by Erma Franklin in 1967. Who’s Erma Franklin? She’s Aretha’s sister, one of three singing daughters of the Reverend C.L. Franklin.

At any rate, dig it by clicking here.  It’ll make your day.  (Want to download it, along with five other songs that Ragavoy either wrote or had a hand in, all of which are great?  Click here.)

4 Comments leave one →
  1. skelly permalink
    August 18, 2009 9:38 am


    that’s really good.

  2. August 25, 2009 5:40 pm

    werd, great song, man. who knew. not me. thanks. &, similarly, there’s this one,, which i, mope that i am, thought was written & recorded by the one-hit wonder soft cell & not the several hit-eddie cobb & the glorious gloria jones.

  3. August 25, 2009 9:31 pm

    Totally dig the new style. Its crescent fresh.

  4. Emily permalink
    August 29, 2009 8:23 pm

    Nice, there’s some Irma Thomas in that link. I love her, especially this song:

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