Carolyn Franklin: Someone You May Not Know

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NOTE: The article here inspired me to write the article you are about to read.

I had long known of Aretha Franklin’s younger sister Carolyn Franklin (May 13, 1944 – April 25, 1988). Carolyn herself was a singer and a songwriter and had both written for and sang backup on several of older sister Aretha’s songs. What I did not know was that Carolyn was very likely “family” (a LGBT code word meaning that one is gay or self-identifies as being of a non-heterosexual orientation in the LGBT+ community). Read this article link and this article link then continue reading my article. Perhaps you’ll see why the information about Carolyn has significance.

You see, this article about Carolyn Franklin was posted on Facebook shortly after Aretha Franklin’s death on August 16, 2018. Along with the countless number of postings on multiple social media networks that were made about Aretha, there were several naysayers on those networks who felt that talking about Aretha’s late sister Carolyn – and making particular mention of her sexual orientation – especially so soon after Aretha’s death, was inappropriate and insensitive. Unlike some of the people on social media who had negatively commented on the article, I saw nothing wrong with the article author writing and sharing that tidbit of information about Carolyn Franklin nor with that author making mention of her non-heterosexual orientation. It’s simply something I’m sure many people did not know and perhaps would appreciate knowing. Still, regardless of any appreciation factor, why hide the alleged fact that Carolyn was or may have been lesbian? While Carolyn Franklin possibly being lesbian is not now nor should it ever be an issue in and of itself, that information either does or may have particular significance for those of us who are not only fans of the late Aretha Franklin but who also happened to be either non-heterosexual or heterosexual allies of the LGBT+ community; we who realize the sad yet unfortunate fact that we live in a country and a world where there are still many people who have bigoted and senselessly personal, socially negative and/or religiously negative attitudes against people who are non-heterosexual and/or about non-heterosexuality itself.

A person’s sexuality should never be the main or primary focus of who a person is, although it is an important if not significant part of who that person is. (I hope that makes sense.) In many ways, a person’s sexuality can often help develop, perhaps even help define a person’s character and personality. In short, I feel that a person’s sexuality/sexual orientation should no more be hidden or suppressed, nor should it ever be mocked or made shameful than any other aspect of a person’s nature and humanity.

I believe that had Carolyn Franklin lived during the last twenty to thirty years, she may have been a LGBT rights activist or spokesperson for LGBT civil rights causes and struggles for acceptance, equality, and of course, respect. Perhaps she was or had wanted to be such a person but, as of this writing, I am not aware of nor can I confirm that sort of information. Still, Carolyn’s alleged feelings for women are either expressed or implied in some of the songs she wrote. I also believe her older sister Aretha had openly respected and supported her gay sister whom she loved, just as she (Aretha) was known to have openly loved, supported, and treated with respect many other people – some of them famous like herself, regardless of their non-heterosexual orientation.

In summary, the article I’m discussing is simply about Carolyn Franklin, a deceased younger sibling of the late Aretha Franklin. Carolyn Franklin was someone who was important in Aretha’s life; a person who had made a name for herself as a song writer and recording artist, and who had contributed to Aretha’s fame, as well as to music history itself. Any biographical revelations about Carolyn Franklin should no more be ignored nor rejected from public awareness than the biographical histories of her sisters Aretha and Erma and their father, the late Reverend C.L. Franklin.

I disagree with those persons who choose or have chosen to take the article in negative form and/or who perceive it as being some kind of post-death ugly attack on Aretha Franklin’s fame and contributions to society, if not perhaps upon the late Aretha Franklin herself. It simply isn’t like that at all in my view. Anyone who knows and respects anything about Aretha’s family roots and life history would not read more into the article than what it is.

Click here to see and hear more biographical information on Carolyn Franklin and her sisters Aretha and Erma, in the Soul Facts video (on YouTube) or watch it below.

– RobFather

 

TRANSITIONS: Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell (b_Christopher John Boyle)Chris Cornell, American musician, singer, songwriter, rhythm guitarist transitioned last night, May 17, 2017.  He was born Christopher John Boyle in Seattle, Washington on July 20, 1964. Cornell was a key figure in the grunge rock movement of the 1990s as the primary songwriter, lead vocalist/frontman and rhythm guitarist of Seattle-based grunge/heavy metal/alternative rock/hard rock bands Sound Garden. Soundgarden, founded in 1984, became the first grunge music band to sign to a major recording label. Soundgarden’s success would help usher in a new genre of music and pave the way for acceptance and success of other grunge/alternative heavy metal/alternative rock/hard rock bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains (all three which are personal favorites)  and others. In 1990, Cornell would found and serve as lead vocalist to the Seattle-based grunge/alternative rock band Temple of the Dog. In 2001 Cornell, with a few members from the rap metal/funk metal/alternative metal band Rage Against the Machine (RATM) founded the now-defunct (?) hard rock/alternative rock/post-grunge, “supergroupAudioslave, based in Glendale (Los Angeles County), California. For more than three decades, in between band hiatuses and/or break-ups, musician Chris Cornell had been known for his numerous solo works, collaborations with other rock bands and music artists, and soundtrack contributions.

As of this writing, details regarding the sudden and tragic death of musician Chris Cornell continue to come in to news and music entertainment sources. Main sources like the Washington Post, the Associate Press, and Variety have reported that Cornell died Wednesday night, May 17th, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan while in the middle of a national tour. He was 52.

(NOTE: Details of this transition biography were retrieved from multiple sources for informational purposes and for posting to this blog and to my social media pages.)

RobFather X

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