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RAY SHARPE WITH THE KING CURTIS ORCHESTRA

This is the original version of the track that was recycled as "Help Me" by Owen Grey, "Save Me" by Aretha Franklin and "Instant Groove" by King Curtis & the Kingpins.

Released in USA
Title: Help me (Get The Feeling) - part I / part II - 7" single

Composers:
Help me (Get The Feeling) - ("King" Curtis Ousley, Ray Sharpe, Cornell Dupree)
Producer: "King" Curtis Ousley
Release date: late March / early April 19661
Label: Atco records
Catalog number: 45-6402

Exists in 4 different versions, same label design with different text:

Issue 1
- Stock copy, yellow & white label, "Get The Feeling" in upper & lower case letters.
- White label promo, "Get The Feeling" in upper & lower case letters (no picture available).
There's also at least one copy in existence on which side A has a promo label and side B a stock label, this is or course a mispressing and not really a different issue of this 45.

Issue 2
- Stock copy, yellow & white label, "Get The Feeling" in upper case letters.
- White label promo, "Get The Feeling" in upper case letters.

 

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SOURCES
1 this 45 was mentioned in Billboard issue 9 April 1966. It's included in the "New Action R&B Singles" -section (a footnote to the "Top Selling R & B Singles" -chart" which is introduced with the following text: "Other records registering solid sales and appearing to be a week away from meriting a listing on the national Hot R&B Singles chart above". As Billboard was published roughly one week in advance of the cover date and the singles included on the "new action" -list had already started to sell that would put the release date of the "Help Me" 45 in late March / early April 1966.

And about the release dates of Billboard-issues:  an ad for the cast recording of "The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood" in issue 27 November 1965 says that the release date of the lp would be "next Sunday (28th)" which means this particular Billboard issue with a cover date of 27th November would have had to have been circulated sometime between Sunday 21 November and Sunday 28 November...