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I Wish I Knew How It
Would Feel To Be Free

Billy Taylor Trio

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Taylor's anthem

Billy Taylor performs with his trio during the mid-'80s.


Billy Taylor, piano
Victor Gaskin, bass
Bobby Thomas, drums

Billy Taylor stated that he wrote "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free" for his daughter in 1952.

It's most famous version was released on Nina Simone's 1967 album "Silk & Soul."

The gospel-jazz composition immediately became a popular anthem of the Civil Rights Movement.

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