|Genres:||R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||soul funk female vocalists memphis soul family act under 2000 listeners drjazzmrfunkmusic|
13 May 1944, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, d. 25 April 1988, Bloomfield Hills, Detroit, Michigan, USA. The younger sister of Aretha Franklin and Erma Franklin, Carolyn was born while her pastor father Rev. C.L. Franklin was in charge of the New Salem Baptist Church in Memphis. Subsequently, the family moved to Buffalo in New York State, and then to Detroit, where she and her sisters and two brothers grew up. From an early age, Carolyn played the piano, sang, and wrote her own music and lyrics. She recorded some demos in a late-night supper-club style for Lloyd Prices Double L label around 1963/4, and these were released in 1970 on a UK Joy album, The First Time I Cried. It included Carolyns early 60s version of Dont Catch The Dogs Bone, which her sister Erma later recorded for Shout.
Backing Aretha on her early recordings, alongside Erma and cousin Brenda Bryant (later Corbett), introduced Carolyn to...