CAN'T STAY AWAY * DON COVAY AND THE GOODTIMERS * ATLANTIC 4006 * UK
These are the bare facts, according to this stylish Jimmy Hendrix site.
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. Vocals, Don Covay; Drums, Bernard Purdie; Bass, unknown; Lead guitar, Jimi Hendrix; 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 Sway. Rosemart Records 45-801. Released in the UK Atlantic 4006 25th September 1964.
Stereo version: Cd Don Covay: "Mercy / See-saw" (Koch Records KOC-CD-8186).
And as useful as they are to the student of Soul music, like me, the bare facts do not convey the uniqueness of this celestial cut which while recognisable as a Soul ballad is yet very much in the style of a Gospel cut from a decade earlier.
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