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    1966-04-08 RSVP release How Would You Feel single

    Friday 8 April 1966
    New York City, USA

    RSVP probably released the Curtis Knight single How Would You Feel, RSVP 1120, on or close to this day.
    Friday 8 (16) April 1966
    USA
    BILLBOARD (page 18) ‘R&B Spotlights’ CHART Spotlights (predicted to reach the R&B SINGLES chart) Curtis Knight—How Would You Feel (RSVP Music, BMI) [b/w Welcome Home] RSVP 1120 [Hendrix credited as “arranger”. Music is basically Dylan’s ‘Like A Rolling Stone’. It gets some airplay on New York radio, but doesn’t reach the charts. Ed.]
    (Frontpage): 'Rocksteria' Grips New York as Clubs Sprout Up With Teen Acts’ by Mike Gross [...] Opening this week are Ondine, which begins a new policy of top group bookings [...] Due to open April 28 is the Cheetah, a teen-oriented nightclub [...] featuring live acts like Monti Rock III"
    Mitch was with Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, UK
    Noel was playing gigs in West Germany
    08 Hendrix, likely New York City or thereabout
    09 Hendrix, likely New York City or thereabout
    09 USA, Billboard (page) ‘New Action R&B Singles’ Help Me (Get The Feeling) Ray Sharpe
    09 Bob Dylan & the Hawks. Honolulu, International Center, Hawaii
    10 Hendrix, likely New York City or thereabout
    11 Hendrix, likely New York City or thereabout
    12 Hendrix, likely New York City or thereabout
    13 Hendrix, likely New York City or thereabout
    13 Bob Dylan & the Hawks. Sydney Stadium, New South Wales, Australia
    14 Hendrix, likely New York City or thereabout
    14 USA, Record World (page 18) ‘R&B Reports’ RUDY RUNNELS, WOL, WASHINGTON PLAY
    Curtis Knight [Hush Now? Ed.]; Contours; Bobby Bland; Jamo Thomas; Edwin Starr; Royalettes; Johnny Lopetand; Johnny Nash; Lee Dorsey; Herb Fame; Spellbinders; Billy Stewart; Little Anthony; Homer Banks; Vantastics; Steve Mancha; Mary Wheeler; Roy Head; Jr. Parker; Chuck Bernard; Isley Bros.; Rascals; Mad Lads; Yvonne Fair; Little Milton; B. B. King; Diamond Joe; Albert King; Willie Mitchell; Baby Cortez; Spooner's Crowd; Jimmy Church; Ray Brewster.
    BIG BILL HAYWOOD, WLLE, RALEIGH -DURHAM PICKS Falcons; Minzi Berry; Jimmy Church; [... etc.]
    14 West Germany, Noel in desperation phones their agent there and get some? gig/s. They end up back in UK playing some gigs for Neil Landon again.
    Noel was back in the UK
    14 Hendrix, likely New York City or thereabout
    14 Rolling Stones. London, BBC TV Centre, UK
    'Top Of The Pops', “Mother’s Little Helper” Repeated on the 12th, 19th and 26th May.
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    Re: 1966-04-08 RSVP release How Would You Feel single

    How Would You Feel
    (Jimi’s 1st recorded use of a fuzz tone)
    Curtis : vocal, tambourine [rhythm guitar?]
    Jimmy: guitar, fuzz bass & harmony vocal
    [unknown - “Bernard “Pretty” Purdie” according to Curtis]: drums
    “Composer” (lyrics only): Curtis ‘Knight’ (McNear)
    Composer (music, basically - Bob Dylan’s ‘Like A Rolling Stone’): Bob Dylan (uncredited)
    Arranger: (of Dylan’s tune) by Jimmy Hendrix
    No doubt amusing (later?) to some degree as Bob’s original sang about a certain ‘Napoleon’, and a bassist of the same name was a (later) regular in the band.

    HOW WOULD YOU FEEL

    This is a song that asks a question
    And if you listen I think you’ll get the message

    If you walked into a restaurant
    You were hungry
    An’ you had the money to get yourself somethin’ to eat
    Yea-eah
    And somebody told you to go round to the back door to get it
    Even though he wasn’t gonna give it to you free
    Yeah, yeah, tell me how, yea-eah, o-oh
    Oh, how would you feel, o-oh, yea-eah
    If you were me? yea-eah, o-oh
    Oh, how would you feel
    Think about it now

    (Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)

    You take your little children by the hand
    An’ you wanna guide ‘em and protect them

    On their very first day of school, yea-eah
    Now I just wanna ask one question
    ‘Do you think that all the little children should be punished
    For the sins of all the older fools?’

    Yeah ‘en, yeah ‘en, tell me how, yea-eah, o-oh
    Oh, how would you feel, o-oh, yea-eah
    If you were me? yea-eah o-oh
    Oh, how would you feel?
    Think about it now
    (Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)

    You walk to the corner
    And you stand at the place called the bus stop
    And the bus pulls up
    And a man opens up the door, yea-eah, o-oh
    He might, huh, look at you funny
    But he takes some money
    And then he says
    ‘Hey, you’re not one of us, sit in the back of the bus’1
    (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
    Yeah, tell me how, yea-eah, o-oh
    Oh, how would you feel, yea-eah, o-oh
    If you were me no-ow, yea-eah
    Uh-How would you feel, o-oh, yea-eah
    (Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)

    One more thing I wanna tell you

    You pick up the mornin’ paper*
    And you read about people fightin’ and dyin’
    Somewhere in a foreign land [Vietnam] oh yea-eah
    (I’m shakin’)
    But right here people are fightin’ and dyin’
    And all they’re tryin’ to do is get equal rights
    As the constitution planned yeah, yeah
    Now tell me how, yea-eah o-oh
    Oh, how would you feel, yea-eah, o-oh
    If you were me?
    Think about it now and tell me

    How would you feel, yeah
    If all your little children were tryin’ to do
    Was go to school, get an education
    So that they could find a great place in this wonderful nation
    And, If you went down town and people waited on you there
    I mean served you, even though you new that they didn’t want you
    And everywhere you looked around
    All you could see was hate in people’s eyes
    And you tried to love ‘em
    And you’re just tryin’ to understand one another

    And get together and try to live happily
    And try to be brothers in this great big wonderful nation
    Yeah, yeah, tell me how, yea-eah, o-oh
    Oh, how would you feel? o-oh, yea-eah
    (Yeah, yeah, tell me how…)

    1Obvious reference to Rosa Parks & the bus boycott
    *This verse is the first (with Jimi) to make an analogy with the struggle for civil rights in the US and the war in Vietnam, Jimi occasionally continued this analogy in his introductions at concerts initially for ‘Wild Thing’, then mostly for Voodoo Chile or Machine Gun.
    “No Vietcong ever called me a Nigger,”: (allegedly – or words to that effect) Mohammed Ali (formerly Cassius Clay)- 1966, on refusing conscription.

    Single B side Welcome Home:
    Curtis : vocal & tambourine, ‘audience’?
    Jimmy : guitar [& bass?] ‘audience’ [+ “Johnny Starr”? & others unknown]
    [unknown]: drums
    “Composer” (lyrics only): Curtis ‘Knight’ (McNear) ?
    Composer (music): Oliver Sain
    Producer : Ed Chalpin
    Engineer : unknown
    Released : 1966 on the RSVP 7’’ 45 single ‘How Would You Feel / Welcome ‘Home’

    WELCOME HOME [prediction for Jimi? First song to feature added bogus audience. Music taken from2]

    (Yea-ea-eah. Got a feeling today. Yeah, look out reverend Charleston what I’m sayin’ here. Hey, hey. Yeah, yeah)

    I’ve been walkin’ down the highwa-ay, walkin’ all around
    I’ve climbed a mountain, sailed the ocean, goin’ back to my home to-own
    They’re gonna say “Welcome home boy, where you been?”
    “Gee it’s been a long, long time”, I said “You’re lookin’ good my friend”
    They’re gonna say “Our favourite son, has returned”
    Hmm-mm-mm ‘uh-Welcome home, welcome home’

    I’ve been through all the changes, had my ups and downs
    Seen the prettiest girls in The World, now I’m homeward bou-ound
    They’re gonna say “Welcome home boy, where you been?”
    “Gee it’s been a long, long time”, I said “You’re lookin’ good my friend”
    They’re gonna say “Our favourite son, has returned”
    Oo-ooh, oo-ooh, oo-ooh, “Welcome home, welcome home”
    Well, I’m the guy who left my home and travelled all around
    It wasn’t what I thought it’d be, so I’m gonna put it do-own
    They’re gonna say “Welcome home, boy, uh-where you been?”
    “Gee it’s been a long, long time”, I said “You’re lookin’ good my friend”
    They’re gonna say “Our favourite son, has returned”
    Hmm-mm-mm uh-‘Welcome home, welcome home’

    [After the solo Jimmy’s guitar ‘says’: ‘Thank You’]

    Well, I’m the guy who left my home and travelled all around
    It wasn’t uh-what I thought it’d be, so I’m gonna put it do-own
    They’re gonna say ‘Welcome home boy, where you been?’
    “Gee it’s been a long, long time”, I said “You’re lookin’ good my friend”
    They’re gonna say “Our favourite son, has returned”
    Hmm-mm-mm uh-“Welcome home, welcome home”
    ‘You’re lookin’ good, good to see yuh’
    ‘Hello old friend, how you been?’
    ‘New girl in town, I’m gonna introduce yuh’
    ‘I know you’re gonna like her, she’ll like you too’
    ‘Come on in my house, gonna have a chicken dinner’
    ‘Got the new girl in town, you’re gonna dig her’
    ‘You’re lookin’ good, hello old friend’
    ‘Good to see yuh, where you been?’
    ‘When d’you get the new car?’
    ‘You got some nice clothes, you’re lookin’ good’
    ‘Good to see you, you’re lookin’ good’
    ‘Sure did miss yuh, how yuh been?’

    Jimmy: Still stay there.
    Girl: [laughter]
    Girl: Come on George
    Jimmy?: Thought we was gettin’ ready for a change

    2Musically this is practically a direct copy of a song called "You Messed up a Good Thing".
    "You Messed up a Good Thing" was composed by Oliver Sain, the original recording by Fontella Bass and Bobby McClure was released in January 1965 on Checker 1097 coupled with "Baby What You Want Me to Do" (coincidentally? the same Jimmy Reed song that the “Squires” made a “live” recording of). The 45 was advertised in the 23 January 1965 issue of Billboard and reviewed in the "Singles Reviews" -section in the category "Rhythm & Blues Spotlights". The exact recording date of the Curtis Knight version is unknown but the RSVP single "How Would You Feel" (with "Welcome Home" on the b-side) was released in April 1966, circa 15 months later.
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