Aretha's Little-Known Siblings Rock historian Ed Ward profiles the early years of the Franklin sisters. Aretha Franklin is a renowned soul legend, but her two sisters, Carolyn and Erma, were also singers.
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Aretha's Little-Known Siblings

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Aretha's Little-Known Siblings

Aretha's Little-Known Siblings

Aretha's Little-Known Siblings

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The Rev. C.L. Franklin was one of America's most important preachers, and his church and home in Detroit were filled with music, much it from his three talented daughters.

But while Aretha is still well known today, the other two Franklin daughters made their own contributions. Our rock historian has their story.