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    1966-01-21 Atlantic Studios, New York City, NY

    Friday 21 January 1966
    New York City, Atlantic Studios, New York, USA


    Studio session by Ray Sharpe and the King Curtis Orchestra with: Jimmy – rhythm guitar
    Song: Help Me (Get The Feeling) part I / part II
    Composers: ‘King’ Curtis (Ousley), Cornell Dupree [NOT!]
    Lyrics - Ray Sharpe [probably], music – ‘Gloria’ by (Ivan) 'Van' Morrison.
    Producer: ‘King’ Curtis (Ousley)
    Released: USA 1966 7” 45 single
    Label: Atco records, Catalogue number: 45-6402

    The tune is a rare thing, a straight copy of a European (Irish) 'R&B style' tune by Van Morrison's band 'Them' - 'Gloria'. More bizarrely Curtis Knight plagiarised the title and theme of Ray Sharpe's lyric for his 'Get That Feeling' - an overdubbed vocal over an edit of a Hendrix jam at PPX studios in 1967.

    Friday 21 (29) January 1966
    USA
    RECORD WORLD (page 20) R&B Beat Where It’s At By Kal Rudman:
    We hate to tease you about something that is coming up, but we are not at liberty to give you the full details about a new record coming out in February that Jerry Wexler says is "The most exciting, swingingest, most 'down,' greatest sound created in the last decade in the world of R&B!" I can only clue you that King Curtis and his boys wrote the figures, that the vocal is done by the great Ray Sharpe, that it was cut in the Atlantic studios but the atmosphere is all South of the Mason-Dixon line, and that it is so down that you will feel those icy soul fingers pull your scalp skin clean off your skull bone....

    Friday 27 January (5 Feb) 1966
    USA
    RECORD WORLD (page 6) R&B Beat Where It’s At By Kal Rudman:
    FLASH FROM JERRY WEXLER: That King Curtis-Ray Sharpe record I clued you on is being mastered. Jerry is at a fever pitch waiting to get it to you. Look out! . . .Now admit it, has this Wilson Pickett blown your mind? I want to thank you! Dig, Patti LaBelle and the Blue Belles are the girls group behind Wilson. It's the first time they ever did back-up work. They did it because the sound slew them. Dig the bottom on the record-the baritone sax and Al ("Completely Out Of His Mind") Jackson on drums. Poor Fat Daddy-they had to revive him with oxygen again! Get yourself together Fats -what will you do when you get the Ray Sharpe?

    Friday 4 February (12) 1966
    USA
    RECORD WORLD (page 6) R&B Beat Where It’s At By Kal Rudman:
    . . .Jerry Wexler has that King Curtis-Ray Sharpe record ready. The title of it is “Help Me,” and it is as “down” as you can get! . . .

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    Re: 1966-01-21 Atlantic Studios, New York City, NY

    I think Ray Sharpe is supposed to play the lead guitar on this. Which leaves the chord work to Dupree and Jimi with the dampened string part, "chucka chucka...".

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    Re: 1966-01-21 Atlantic Studios, New York City, NY

    Song: Help Me (Get The Feeling) part I / part II
    Released: USA 1966 7” 45 single
    Label: Atco records, Catalogue number: 45-6402

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    Re: 1966-01-21 Atlantic Studios, New York City, NY

    HELP ME (GET THE FEELING)1* (‘King’ Curtis (Ousley) [not], Cornell Dupree [not - music by (Ivan) 'Van' Morrison], Ray Sharpe [lyric?])

    I want everybody to join in and help me get this feelin’ now
    It’s very easy, all you got to do is follow me
    I want you to clap your hands
    And those of you who don’t feel like clappin’ your hands
    I want you to pad your feet, snap your fingers
    Shake your shoulders or what ever else you wanna shake
    But I want you to help me feel it, baby
    I think I’ve got that feelin’
    That makes you wanna dance-uh
    So come on over here now, baby
    ‘Cause we’re gonna take a chance
    I know if you’ve got that feelin’, baby
    I know you’re gonna feel a-all right
    And you can dance what you wanna now um-uh
    h-All day and all night
    So I want you to help me, help me, baby
    Help me, help me, baby
    Help me, help me, baby
    Help me, help me, baby
    All right

    Now here comes my baby
    You know and she looks so fine
    She dances like an angel, now-uh
    She really moves all the time
    You know and she helps me get that good feelin’, babe
    Whenever she’s around now
    She can do ‘The Jerk’ now
    Better’n anybody else in town
    So come on over here, baby
    An’ I want you to help me, help me, baby
    Help me, help me feel it now
    Help me, help me, baby
    Help me, help me, baby

    Oh, here comes my, baby
    Did you know she looked so fine-uh
    She dances like an angel, now um
    Lord, have mercy, she can move all the time
    You know she helps me get a good, good feelin’
    Whenever, whenever she’s around now
    I tell you she can do ‘The Jerk’ now-uh
    Better’n anybody else in town
    So come on over, baby
    An’ I want you, I want you to
    Help me, help me, baby
    Help me, help me, baby
    Help me, help me feel it, baby
    Help me
    Shake your shoulder now, pat your hands
    Help me, help me, baby
    Help me, help me feel it
    Help me, help me, baby
    Get on…

    1Interestingly the music appears to be a copy of the earlier ‘hit’ single ‘Gloria’ [I](Van Morrison) by the Irish
    group ‘Them’
    *The backing track for this was later used for three other singles.
    See Curtis Knight’s later overdubbed vocals ‘Get That Feeling’, another obvious plagiarism by him.

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