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 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
Released January 1979
Recorded 1978
Genre Disco[1]
Length 6:11
Producer(s) Barry Leng
Certification Platinum (U.S.)
Amii Stewart singles chronology
"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 Eddie Floyd.[2] The Eddie Floyd version peaked at #28 on the Hot 100 and spent one week at #1 on the Soul Singles chart.[3]

The song has been frequently covered, first by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas (1967). The American Breed covered this song 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), Safri Duo feat. 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.

  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[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, as well as charting on the soul singles and disco charts, becoming the best-known version of the song.[1] The song was co-produced by Simon May. It also reached the Top 10 twice in the UK, first in 1979 (#6) and a remixed version reached #7 in 1985. Stewart's version was also featured in the 1998 film The Last Days of Disco. It became a platinum record.

Chart positions[edit]