Erma Franklin “Don’t Wait Too Long” (Epic 9559-B, 1963)

Erma Franklin “Don’t Wait Too Long” (Epic 9559-B, 1963) *Happy Birthday Erma Franklin* The oft overlooked older sister of The Queen of Soul would have celebrated Birthday 78 this March 13th. Although scoped out for secular music ahead of her sisters, Erma was actually a year behind Aretha for signing with a record label. She…

Maxine Brown “Seems You’ve Forsaken My Love” (Epic 5-10334, 1968)

Maxine Brown “Seems You’ve Forsaken My Love” (Epic 5-10334, 1968) We’re starting to wind down on the number of Lionesses of Sixties Soul with our Lady Leos. Today we sit down with my absolute favorite under the radiant sign, Maxine Brown. For nearly 60 years, Maxine Brown has blazed an under-appreciated path through soul music…