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DON COVAY & THE GOODTIMERS

Recordings
Only the 2 tracks listed below seem to feature Hendrix on guitar. The rest of the tracks that appeared on the "Mercy!" lp and the 2 Rosemart singles were recorded between 1 - 5 October 1964 during which time Hendrix was on tour with Sam Cooke.

Steve Hoffman
Engineer Steve Hoffman who remastered the tracks for the 1994 Covay compilation cd "The Definitive Don Covay" (Razor & Tie RE 2053) and thus had access to the mastertapes had this to say about the track "Mercy, mercy" on his message board at http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showthread.php?t=
39554&highlight=don+covay
:

"An SH Forum member asked about the recording of MERCY, MERCY.

It was recorded at A-1 Sound on 56th Street in NYC. The studio was owned by Herb Abramson one of the founders of Atlantic and the WWRL dj "Magnificent Montague". The record came out on ROSEMART, named after Montague's wife, Rose and his son Martin.

They used a three-track Presto tape deck (urggh!)

The master number of Mercy, Mercy was 7879 and the MERCY! LP was cut on12/10/64 and sent to MGM's plant for manufacturing.

That pitiful little info about the song is all I know. Oh, and some unknown guitar player James Hendricks (Hendrix) played lead guitar on it."

According to Hoffman the multitracks for these sessions no longer exist.

King George
George "King" Clemons also took part in the Covay album sessions but what he exactly contributed is not clear. He says on his website (http://home.swipnet.se/%7Ew-24657) that he worked on the "Mercy!"-lp together with Jimi but in the interview that he did for Univibes (also available on his website) he said:

"First time I saw him was in 1964, but we started to speak to each other in 1965. I saw him in Virginia, backing up. I don't remember, either it was the Isley Brothers or some (other) black band. And when I went to New York, Jimi was one of the first people I started to talk with."

This contradicts his statement about working together with Jimi in 1964 on the Covay sessions. Of course it could simply be that 40 years later he didn't have a clear recollection about when and how he first met Jimi. The Univibes article also states that "George sang background vocals on the Don Covay single "Have Mercy"" but this comment isn't a direct quote from the interview.

Can't stay away
Composer: Don Covay & Horace Ott or Ronald Miller
Recorded at: A-1 Sound Studios, New York City, New York
Producer: Glovon
Date: 13 May 1964
Drums - Bernard Purdie
Bass - unknown
Lead guitar - Jimi Hendrix
Vocals - Don Covay
Organ - Horace Ott?
Piano - Horace Ott?
Harmony vocal - unknown

Mono and stereo mixes. According to the Atlantic logs this was the only song recorded on this date.

Available on:
Mono version:
7" Don Covay & the Goodtimers: "Mercy, mercy / Can't stay away" (Rosemart Records 45-801)
Stereo version:
Cd Don Covay: "Mercy / See-saw" (Koch Records KOC-CD-8186)

Mercy, mercy
Composer: Don Covay & Horace Ott or Ronald Miller
Recorded at: A-1 Sound Studios, New York City, New York
Producer: Glovon
Date: 18 May 1964
Drums - Bernard Purdie?
Bass - unknown
Lead guitar - Jimi Hendrix
1st rhythm guitar - Bob Bushnell? or Jimi Hendrix?
2nd rhythm guitar - Bob Bushnell? or Jimi Hendrix?
Vocals - Don Covay
1st harmony vocal - unknown
2nd harmony vocal - George "King" Clemons?

Edited at 2.09. On this date another take of "Can't stay away" was recorded, but the version eventually released was the 13th of May one.

Available on:
Mono version:
7" Don Covay & the Goodtimers: "Mercy, mercy / Can't stay away" (Rosemart Records 45-801)
Stereo version:
Cd Don Covay: "Mercy / See-saw" (Koch Records KOC-CD-8186)