Eddie Floyd

Eddie Floyd - Knock On Wood

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Knock on Wood was Eddie Floyd’s greatest achievement. Knock on Wood was head and shoulders above all the other soul sounds at the time of its release. At the Twisted Wheel, it was requested with great frequency without the crowd tiring of it. Everyone on the dance floor would invisibly knock on wood when the drums tapped out that knocking riff. At his appearance at the Palace Theatre Stax/Otis Show he rocked the place with Raise Your Hand coming off stage into the audience and getting everyone’s hands up.

It was the ‘Wheel’ DJ Roger Eagle that brought Eddie Floyd to our attention but no sooner had he – he left and took his Stax imports to the nearby Blue Note club where for six months it was the only place to hear Knock On Wood before it got a UK release. I often wonder if Stax are aware of the contribution that Roger made to promoting their 45’s in the UK?

Eddie Floyd

Eddie Floyd was a friend of Al Bell and and joined Stax as a composer writing for Atlantic’s Wilson Pickett and for other Stax artists including Carla Thomas, William Bell, Otis Redding (originally Knock on Wood co-written with Steve Cropper was for Otis).

Eddie wrote many of the Stax stables hits.

He makes a great appearance in the Blues Brothers 2000 film with Wilson Picket singing on 6345789.

Born 25th June 1935 – Montgomery, Alabama

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