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I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free
1954 Billy Taylor, Richard Lamb
Written by jazz pianist Billy Taylor in 1954, and performed by the Billy Taylor Trio, was recorded in 1967 by Nina Simone and subsequently by Solomon Burke and The Ray Charles Singers.
The holograph manuscript score of this song is at the Library of Congress.

Recording sessions
1967 June 13-29: New York RCA Studios
I wish I knew how it would feel to be free
I wish I could break all the chains holding me
I wish I could say all the things that I should say
1968 June 16: Montreux (CH) 2nd Jazz Festival second encore
2015 LP 2-6 Nina Simone 1968 MJF LP002 (CH)
1969 April: Paris (FR) Olympia
Segment 1
1976 July 3: Montreux (CH) 10th Jazz Festival
1981 July 19: Montreux (CH) 15th Jazz Festival
Unknown recording session
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