Composed by jazz pianist Billy Taylor, this song was originally an instrumental called “I Wish I Knew”. Taylor recorded it in November 1963 with Grady Tate on drums, Ben Tucker on bass, and a horn section. He also wrote the first verse of lyrics, then collaborated with Dick Dallas on the rest. Ms. Simone recorded the song, now retitled as “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free,” for her 1967 album Silk & Soul. She performs it here at Montreux ‘76.
Cecil reminds me of the title of the old Bukowski book Play the Piano Drunk Like a Percussion Instrument until the Fingers Begin to Bleed a Bit.
2 Jul 1972
One my pop's favorites.
Eh, why not another slice?
I guess I should wait until after the Twins sweep Chicago but I really couldn't help myself.
Up the division the Twins go.