Raise Your Hand – Live in Oslo 1967:
|Birth name||Edward Lee Floyd|
|Born||June 25, 1935
Montgomery, Alabama, United States
|Genres||Southern soul, R&B, soul|
|Associated acts||The Falcons, Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings|
Eddie Lee Floyd (born June 25, 1937) is an American soul/R&B singer and songwriter, best known for his work on the Stax record label in the 1960s and 1970s and the song “Knock on Wood”.
…. Floyd signed on with the Memphis based Stax Records as a songwriter in 1965. He wrote a hit song, “Comfort Me” recorded by Carla Thomas. He then teamed with Stax’s guitarist Steve Cropper to write songs for Wilson Pickett, now signed to Atlantic Records. Atlantic distributed Stax and Jerry Wexler brought Pickett down from New York to work with Booker T. & the MGs. The Pickett sessions were successful, yielding several pop and R&B hits, including the Floyd co-written “Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won’t Do)” and “634-5789 (Soulsville USA)”.
In 1966, Floyd recorded a song intended for Otis Redding. Wexler convinced Stax president Jim Stewart to release Floyd’s version. The Steve Cropper/Eddie Floyd “Knock On Wood” launched Floyd’s solo career, and has been cut by over a hundred different artists from David Bowie to Count Basie. It became a disco hit for Amii Stewart in 1979.
Floyd was one of Stax’s most consistent and versatile artists. He scored several more hits on his own, including “I Never Found a Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)” and “Raise Your Hand”, which was covered by both Janis Joplin and Bruce Springsteen.
Knock On Wood – A Celebration Of Blues And Soul:
Eddie Floyd performs “Knock On Wood” live at the Washington Convention Center for the Presidential Inaugural Concert in 1989.
Album of the day, the great 2008 album, Eddie Loves You:
– Egil & Hallgeir