Knock on Wood (song)

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"Knock On Wood"
Image Knock On Wood cover.jpg
Single by Eddie Floyd
from the album Knock On Wood
B-side"Got to Make a Comeback"
ReleasedSeptember 1966
Format7" single
Recorded1966
GenreSoul
Length3:05
LabelStax Records S-194
Songwriter(s)Eddie Floyd, Steve Cropper
Producer(s)Jim Stewart
Eddie Floyd singles chronology
"Things Get Better"
(1966)
"Knock On Wood"
(1966)
"Raise Your Hand"
(1967)

"Knock On Wood" is a 1966 hit song written by Eddie Floyd and Steve Cropper and originally performed by Floyd.[1] His recording peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent one week at number 1 on the Soul Singles chart.[2] The song was written in the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee (now The National Civil Rights Museum). Steve Cropper has stated in interviews that there was a lightning storm the night that he and Eddie wrote the song, hence the lyrics 'It's like thunder and lightning, The way you love me is frightening'.

The song has been frequently covered, first by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas in 1967. The American Breed covered it on their 1967 debut album, The American Breed. There have also been charting singles by David Bowie (1974), Amii Stewart (1979), Razzy Bailey (1984), Eric Clapton (1985), Michael Bolton (1992) and Safri Duo featuring Clark Anderson (2004). The German techno band Scooter made a half-cover of the song, entitled "The Avenger's Back", on their 2004 album Mind the Gap. The song is also performed by actress Justine Bateman in the 1988 movie Satisfaction.[3] James Cotton covered it at the Texas International Pop Festival in 1969.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1966) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[4] 19
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 28
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[6] 1

Cover versions[edit]

David Bowie[edit]

"Knock on Wood"
Single by David Bowie
from the album David Live
Released1974
GenreBlues rock
Length3:08
Songwriter(s)Eddie Floyd, Steve Cropper
David Bowie singles chronology
"1984"
(1974)
"Knock on Wood"
(1974)
"Rock 'n' Roll with Me"
(1974)

David Bowie released a live performance of the song as a single in the UK in 1974; the recording was taken from Bowie's live album David Live. (The B-side, "Panic in Detroit", was not on that album but was from the same concert. It was added to the 2005 release of the album.)

  1. "Knock on Wood" (Floyd, Cropper) – 3:03
  2. "Panic in Detroit" (Bowie) – 5:52
Chart (1974) Peak
position
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[7] 19
Irish Singles Chart[8] 4
Norway (VG-lista)[9] 10
UK (Official Charts Company)[10] 10

Personnel[edit]

Amii Stewart[edit]

"Knock on Wood"
Single by Amii Stewart
from the album Knock on Wood
B-side"When You Are Beautiful"
ReleasedJanuary 15, 1979
Recorded1978
GenreDisco,[11] Hi-NRG
Length6:11
LabelAriola America/Hansa
Songwriter(s)Eddie Floyd, Steve Cropper
Producer(s)Barry Leng
Amii Stewart singles chronology
"You Really Touched My Heart"
(1977)
"Knock on Wood"
(1979)
"Light My Fire"
(1979)

Amii Stewart released a disco version of the song in 1979. It was Stewart's debut single and reached number one in the U.S. charts in April 1979; it also made it to the soul singles and disco charts, becoming the best-known version of the song.[11] This recording was co-produced by Simon May. It reached the Top 10 twice in the UK, first in 1979 (peaking at number 6) and again in a remixed version in 1985 (peaking at number 7).

Chart performance[edit]

References[edit]

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