Knock on Wood (song)

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This article is about the Eddie Floyd song. For other songs with the same title, see Knock on Wood (disambiguation).
"Knock On Wood"
Single by Eddie Floyd
from the album Knock On Wood
B-side "Got to Make a Comeback"
Released September 1966
Format 7" single
Recorded 1966
Genre Soul
Length 3:05
Label Stax Records S-194
Writer(s) Eddie Floyd, Steve Cropper
Producer(s) Steve Cropper
Certification Gold (U.S.)
Eddie Floyd singles chronology
"Things Get Better"
"Knock On Wood"
"Raise Your Hand"
"Knock on Wood"
Single by David Bowie
from the album David Live
Released 1974
Genre Blues rock
Length 3:08
David Bowie singles chronology
"Knock on Wood"
(1974 - UK)
"Rock 'n' Roll with Me"
(1974 - US)
"Knock on Wood"
Single by Amii Stewart
from the album Knock on Wood
B-side "When You Are Beautiful"
Released January 1979
Recorded 1978
Genre Disco[1]
Length 6:11
Producer(s) Barry Leng
Certification Platinum
Amii Stewart singles chronology
"You Really Touched My Heart"
"Knock on Wood"
"Light My Fire"

"Knock on Wood" is a 1966 hit song written by Eddie Floyd and Steve Cropper and originally performed by Floyd.[2] His recording peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent one week at number 1 on the Soul Singles chart.[3] The song was written in the Lorraine Motel 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), 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 featured in the movie "Satisfaction", as performed by Justine Bateman and the Mystery.


David Bowie[edit]

David Bowie's 1974 single is taken from the live album David Live. "Panic in Detroit" was not on the album but was from the same concert. It was added to the 2005 release of that album.

  1. "Knock on Wood" (Floyd, Cropper) — 3:03
  2. "Panic in Detroit" (Bowie) — 5:52
Chart (1974) Peak
Irish Singles Chart[4] 4
Norway (VG-lista)[5] 10
UK (Official Charts Company)[6] 10


Amii Stewart cover[edit]

The most successful version of "Knock on Wood" was recorded by Amii Stewart, who made 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.[1] 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).

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