Piece of My Heart

Piece of My Heart

Infobox Single
Name = Piece of My Heart

Artist = Erma Franklin
Album =
B-side = "Baby, What You Want Me to Do"
Released = 1967
Format = 7" single
Recorded = 1967
Genre = Soul
Length = 2:35
Label = Shout
Writer = Jerry Ragovoy, Bert Berns
Producer =
Last single = "Big Boss Man"
This single = "Piece of My Heart"
Next single = "Open up Your Soul"

"Piece of My Heart" is a song written by Jerry Ragovoy and Bert Berns and originally recorded by Erma Franklin in 1967. The song came to greater mainstream attention when Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company covered the song in 1968 on their album "Cheap Thrills" and had a hit with it. The song has since been remade by several singers, including hit versions by Faith Hill in 1994 and Beverley Knight in 2006.

In 2004, the Big Brother and the Holding Company version of this song was ranked number three hundred and forty-four on "Rolling Stone"s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song is also included among The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

Chart versions

Erma Franklin's orginal recording: 1967

The original version of "Piece of My Heart" was recorded by Aretha Franklin's older sister Erma in 1967. The song was a top ten R&B hit in the U.S., and also peaked at number sixty-two on the U.S. Pop Singles chart. In the UK, the single was re-released in 1992, due to a successful Levi's jeans commercial, when it peaked inside the UK Singles Chart at number nine.

Infobox Single
Name = Piece of My Heart

Artist = Big Brother and the Holding Company
Album = Cheap Thrills
B-side =
Released = 1968
Format = 7" single
Recorded =
Genre = Psychedelic rock, blues-rock, hard rock, acid rock
Length = 4:15
Label = Columbia
Writer = Jerry Ragovoy, Bert Berns
Producer = John Simon
Last single =
This single =
Next single =

Janis Joplin version: 1968

The song became a bigger pop hit when recorded by Big Brother and the Holding Company in 1968, with lead singer Janis Joplin. The song was taken from the group's album "Cheap Thrills", recorded in 1968 and released on Columbia Records. This rendition made it to number twelve on the U.S. pop chart.

Franklin said in an interview that when she first heard Joplin's version on the radio, she didn't recognize it because of the vocal arrangement. [ [http://www.bluesmusicnow.com/efranklin10.html Erma Franklin ] ] Noted cultural writer Ellen Willis wrote of the difference: "When Franklin sings it, it is a challenge: no matter what you do to me, I will not let you destroy my ability to be human, to love. Joplin seems rather to be saying, surely if I keep taking this, if I keep setting an example of love and forgiveness, surely he has to understand, change, give me back what I have given". In such a way, Joplin used blues conventions not to transcend pain, but "to scream it out of existence". ["The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll", "Janis Joplin". Random House, 1980.]

ammy Hagar version: 1981

A rocker rendition of the song was recorded by Sammy Hagar, and included on his 1981 album, "Standing Hampton". Released as a single, it hit number seventy-three in the United States.

Jenny Morris version: 1990

New Zealand singer Jenny Morris covered the song in 1990, and it was a hit in Australia peaking at number twenty-four.

Infobox Single
Name = Piece of My Heart

Artist = Faith Hill
Album = Take Me as I Am
Released = February 1994
Format = CD single
Recorded = 1993
Genre = Country
Length = 4:01
Label = Warner Bros.
Writer = Jerry Ragovoy, Bert Berns
Producer =
Certification =
Last single = "Wild One"
This single = "Piece of My Heart"
Next single = "But I Will"

Faith Hill version: 1993

Country artist Faith Hill included the song on her debut album, "Take Me as I Am" (1993). Though it met criticism from rock listeners more familiar with Joplin's version, when released as the album's second single, it topped the U.S. Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in the spring of 1994. During the recording of the song, her producers were shocked to learn that Hill had never heard Joplin's version. Her only exposure to the song was the country arrangement that had been sent in the form of a demo recording by the song's publisher. The producers ordered Hill not to listen to Joplin's version until recording was complete so that it would not influence the new artist's vocal interpretation. After hearing the Joplin version, the influence was immediate as live performances of the song became much more rock-influenced.

Hill has since re-recorded the track for the international pressing of her third album, "Faith", released in 1998. This version can also be found on her 2001 international greatest hits album "There You'll Be". Her original version was included in her 2007 greatest hits album "The Hits".

Future Survivor contestant Jerri Manthey had a part in the video as one of Faith's girlfriends.

Melissa Etheridge/Joss Stone version: 2005

A live medley of this song with Janis Joplin & the Full Tilt Boogie Band's 1971 song "Cry Baby" became a hit duet for American rock singer Melissa Etheridge and English soul singer Joss Stone when it was released to iTunes Store after they performed it at the 47th Grammy Awards on February 13, 2005, in tribute to Joplin. The lively event reached number thirty-two on the "Billboard" Hot 100 and number two on the Hot Digital Tracks in April 2005. The performance also signaled Etheridge's first public return from her battle with breast cancer; appearing with her head bald from the effects of chemotherapy. [ [http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/OnlyinAmerica/story?id=1228805 ABC News: Melissa Etheridge Talks About Breast Cancer ] ] Etheridge also recorded a solo version of "Piece of My Heart" on her 2005 greatest hits album "".

Infobox Single
Name = Piece of My Heart

Caption = CD single cover
Artist = Beverley Knight
Album = Voice - The Best of Beverley Knight
Released = 13 March 2006
Format = CD single, DVD single, 12" single, digital download
Recorded = 2004
Genre = R&B, soul
Length = 4:17 (album version)
3:36 (radio edit)
Label = Parlophone
Writer = Jerry Ragovoy, Bert Berns
Producer = Jimmy Hogarth
Last single = "Keep This Fire Burning"
This single = "Piece of My Heart"
Next single = "No Man's Land"
Misc = Extra album cover 2
Upper caption = Alternate cover
Type = single

Lower caption = DVD single and promo remix single cover

Beverley Knight version: 2006

The most recent remake of "Piece of My Heart" to chart was by English soul singer Beverley Knight in 2006.

On her 2005 "Affirmation Tour", Beverley performed the song to great critical acclaim and her fans along with Ronnie Wood, who asked her to perform it with him, encouraged her to make a studio recording of the song. The result was that "Piece of My Heart" became the lead single from her 2006 best-of compilation "Voice - The Best of Beverley Knight".

Knight's version became one of her biggest hit singles to date, peaking inside the top ten of the UK radio airplay chart. The physical single was released on 13 March 2006, however, due to a change in the UK chart rules allowing singles to chart purely on downloads a week before their physical release, "Piece of My Heart" became one of the first ever singles to do so, entering the UK chart at number ninety-three on downloads alone before making number sixteen after its physical commercial release. "Piece of My Heart" was also her first single to be released on a DVD format. Knight's version became her longest-running single to date on the UK Singles Chart, spending eleven weeks inside the top seventy-five. It was her thirteenth top forty entry and her seventh top twenty hit on the UK Singles Chart.

Track listings and formats

;CD single
#"Piece of My Heart" (Album Version)
#"Keep This Fire Burning" (Live)

;DVD single
#"Piece of My Heart" (Album Version)
#"Let It Be" (Live)
#"Come as You Are" (Live)
#"Piece of My Heart" (Video)

;12" single
#"Piece of My Heart" (Album Version)
#"Made It Back" (featuring Redman) (Original Version)

;Download-only versions
*"Piece of My Heart" (Radio Edit)
*"Piece of My Heart" (Live)
*"Piece of My Heart" (Remix)


*Written by Bert Berns and Jerry Ragovoy
*Produced by Jimmy Hogarth
*Engineered by Pom (Pierre-Olivier Magerand)
*Mixed by Phillip Bodger
*Lead vocals by Beverley Knight
*Backing vocals by Bryan Chambers, Billie Godfrey, Louise Marshall
*Wurtilizer & hammond organ by Martin Slatterty
*Bass by Sam Dixon
*Drums by Jeremy Stacey
*Guitars & percussion by Jimmy Hogarth

Other popular versions

*Dusty Springfield recorded the song under the title "Take Another Little Piece of My Heart" on her 1968 album "Dusty... Definitely".

*Delaney, Bonnie & Friends recorded the song on their 1969 album "Home (Delaney & Bonnie album)".

* A heavy metal version of the song was recorded by the American glam metal band Rough Cutt on their self-titled debut album, "Rough Cutt", in 1985. The song was subsequently released as the album's second single, although it failed to chart. The song was also remade by Nazareth in 1989 on their "Snakes 'n' Ladders" album.

*On the debut season of "American Idol" (2002), third placer Nikki McKibbin sang it for the '60s week and then a studio version was made for the "American Idol: Greatest Moments" album. The song was also performed on the fourth season of "American Idol" (2005) by Carrie Underwood, who eventually won that year's competition. UK X Factor Season 2 finalist Maria Lawson performed the song on one of the live show rounds, later on receiving praise from judge Simon Cowell. It was also featured on the reality shows "America's Got Talent", when eventual winner Bianca Ryan sang the song, and "", performed by Jill Gioia.

*Reggae star 'Shaggy' also covered this song in the nineties.

*New York Dolls used the song during their live sets during 2008 including London's Wireless Festival and Valencia's Festival Internacional de Benicàssim.


succession box
before = "If the Good Die Young"
by Tracy Lawrence
title = U.S. "Billboard" Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single (Faith Hill version)
years = April 30 1994
after = "A Good Run of Bad Luck"
by Clint Black


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