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Carolyn Franklin

  • Birth 13 May 1944 Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
  • Death 25 Apr 1988 Bloomfield, Oakland County, Michigan, USA
  • Burial Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
  • Memorial ID 14388641

R&B/Soul Musician. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, she was the younger sister of Erma Franklin, Aretha Franklin, and the daughter of the Reverend C.L. Franklin. A talented singer and songwriter she wrote both music for her and her sisters, as well as singing backup for them. At a young age Franklin became interested in music through her father's church, and she began to play the piano and sing. The family moved to Buffalo, New York, and then finally to Detroit, Michigan, where she grew up with her brother and sisters. In 1963 and 1964 she got a break when she cut some demos in the style of latenight superclub for singer Lloyd Price's Double L Record Label. The demos were released in 1970 on the album, "The First Time I Cried." Franklin then released her album, "Baby Dynamite" (1969), and "Chain Reaction" (1970). The albums didn't become huge successed for Franklin, but the album did have the minor hits 'It's True I'm Gonna Miss You,' and 'All I Want To Be Is Your Woman.' In 1973, she released her next album, "I'd Rather Be Lonely," and her final album, "If You Want Me," in 1976. During the next few years she wrote more songs for her sister Aretha including, As Long As You Are There, ' 'Save Me,' 'Ain't No Way,' and 'I Was Made For You.' In the 1980s, she continued her music career, she appeared in the film, "The Blues Brothers" (1980), helped her sister Aretha on her second album, "One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, in 1987, recorded for her Family at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, and appeared as a backround vocalist on British singer Paul King's 1987 album, 'Joy.' In 1984, her father passed away. In early 1988, while working at getting her B.A. in music from the Marygrove College (which she did shortly before her death) she was diagnosed with cancer. On April 25, 1988, Franklin died in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, at the age of 44, from the cancer. Her sister Erma continued to record until her own death from cancer in 2002, and her sister Aretha is still recording as of 2006. Other recordings by Franklin include, 'You Are Everything,' 'Shattered Pride,' 'Chain Reacting,' 'Boxer,' 'Ain't That Groovy,' and 'There I Go (Se Per Te C'E Soltanto Quell 'Uomo).

Bio by: Peterborough "K"


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  • Originally Created by: Peterborough "K"
  • Added: 23 May 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14388641
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Carolyn Franklin (13 May 1944–25 Apr 1988), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14388641, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .