Somebody's Knockin'

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"Somebody's Knockin'"
Single by Terri Gibbs
from the album Somebody's Knockin'
B-side "Some Days It Rains All Night Long"[1]
Released October 1980 (1980-10)
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Length 2:56
Label MCA Nashville
Writer(s) Ed Penney, Jerry Gillespie
Producer(s) Ed Penney
Terri Gibbs singles chronology
"Somebody's Knockin'"
"Rich Man"

"Somebody's Knockin'" is the debut single of American country music singer Terri Gibbs. It was released in late 1980 from her debut album, Somebody's Knockin'. It was co-written by Jerry Gillespie and Ed Penney: Penney was a record company executive who liked Gibbs's voice when he first heard her audition tape, but felt she needed stronger material. [2] Penney was a former Boston disc jockey who had promoted records and written a number of songs before moving to Nashville. [3] He was the producer of "Somebody's Knockin'" and became Terri Gibbs's manager. [4]

Critical reception[edit]

An uncredited review in Billboard praised Gibbs' "unusual vocal sound" and the "Louisiana-flavored production".[5]

The song's success led to Gibbs winning the 1981 Academy of Country Music Top Female Vocalist award, and the first Horizon (now New Artist) Award from the Country Music Association.[6]

It was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Song.[7]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1980-1981) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles[1] 8
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[1] 13
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[8] 3
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2
Canadian RPM Top Singles 20
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary 14


  1. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 157. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Nancy Bishop. "Terri Gibbs: At Last Fame is Knockin' at her Door." Dallas Morning News, November 23, 1981 Paper, p. C8.
  3. ^ Dick Dew. "Rate Tony C. A 'Natural' As Singer." Boston Sunday Advertiser, January 17, 1965, p. 52.
  4. ^ Ken Mayer. "The Night Mayer." Boston Herald, June 26, 1982, p. B8.
  5. ^ "Singles: First Time Around". Billboard: 73. September 6, 1980. 
  6. ^ Dillon, Charlotte. "Somebody's Knockin' review". Allmusic. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  7. ^ Miller, Zell (1996). They Heard Georgia Singing. Mercer University Press. pp. 117–118. ISBN 0-86554-504-9. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 102.