Knock Three Times
|"Knock Three Times"|
|Single by Tony Orlando & Dawn|
|from the album Candida|
L. Russell Brown
|Tony Orlando & Dawn singles chronology|
"Knock Three Times" is a popular song credited to Tony Orlando and Dawn. The actual singers were Tony Orlando, Toni Wine, and Linda November, prior to the creation of "Dawn" with Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent Wilson. The song was released as a single in November 1970, paired with Orlando's other hit song, "Candida" (also written by Toni Wine). The single hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1971 and eventually sold six million copies, also claiming the number-one spot on the UK Singles Chart.
The composers of this song, L. Russell Brown and Irwin Levine, were thinking of the song Up on the Roof and they wanted to write a song with that kind of lyrical flavor, about tenement living. In the song, the singer has fallen in love with a woman who lives directly below him but has no clue as to her interest, so he asks her to respond by either knocking three times on her ceiling (yes) or banging twice on her pipes (no), and in the chorus includes sound effects of the two choices. (However, the song never states her response.)
In 1994 the Mexican group Banda Zeta recorded a Spanish versión called "Toca tres veces" for their album Jacarandosa.
Several Larry Craig-themed parodies (all titled "Tap Three Times") were recorded by various artists such as Paul and Storm and The Capitol Steps in 2007 following the senator's notorious sex scandal in which he was arrested for tapping his foot (to allegedly solicit gay sex) in a public airport restroom.
- Warner, Jay (2006-05-31). American singing groups: a history from 1940s to today. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 734. ISBN 9780634099786. Retrieved 2012-02-23.
- "Dawn featuring Tony Orlando". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-05-29.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 91.
- "Tap Three Times (I)".
- "Tap Three Times (II)".
- "Tap Three Times (III)".
- "Tap Three Times (IV)".
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|Billboard Hot 100 number one single
January 23, 1971 (three weeks)
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|UK Singles Chart number-one single
May 15, 1971 (five weeks)
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