Eddie Floyd

Knock on Wood

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Stax Records president Jim Stewart didn't like Eddie Floyd's "Knock on Wood" because it sounded too much like Wilson Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour." Stewart didn't release the song until a year after Pickett's hit peaked. Ironically, Pickett and Floyd had been bandmates in the Detroit group the Falcons of "I Found a Love" fame. Floyd and Al Bell had been co-owners of the Safice label. When Bell joined Stax, Floyd followed, becoming a staff songwriter co-writing with Stax guitarist Steve Cropper, the Pickett chart-topper "634-5789." Some believe "Knock on Wood" was originally intended for Otis Redding. The song was written by Cropper and Floyd during a storm (which includes a thunder and lightning reference), when the two began musing about superstition. Cropper asked Mar-Keys horn player Wayne Jackson to help with the arrangement. On the backing track are Cropper's fellow MGs members, keyboardist Booker T. Jones, drummer Al Jackson Jr., bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn as well as pianist Issac Hayes, and co-lead vocals by David Porter and backing vocals by Quincy Billops of the Premiers. Initially snubbed by radio, Al Bell went back to his old base of Washington, D. C., and did promotion work for two weeks before the record began taking off. Produced by Jim Stewart, the million-selling "Knock on Wood" went to number one R&B and number 28 pop in late 1966. Amii Stewart's 1979 version went platinum and became an instant dance classic, going to number one pop and number six R&B.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Knock on Wood 1967 Atlantic & Atco Remasters / Stax 3:09
This Is Soul [Atlantic] 1968
Various Artists
Rhino / Wea UK 3:09
No Image 1969
Various Artists
Summit Records
Wattstax: The Living Word (Concert Music from the Original Movie Soundtrack) 1972
Various Artists
Stax 3:37
Chronicle: Greatest Hits 1979 Stax 3:07
No Image 1982
Various Artists
Stax
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974, Vol. 6 (1966-1969) 1985
Various Artists
Atlantic 0:00
Memphis Soul 1987
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:04
Baby Boomer Classics: Dance Sixties 1988
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 3:02
Top of the Stax: Twenty Greatest Hits 1988
Various Artists
Stax 3:04
Classic Rock: 1966 - Shakin' All Over 1989
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:05
Rhythm & Blues: 1966 1990
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
The Complete Stax/Volt Singles, 1959-1968 1991
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:55
70 Ounces of Gold: Rock & Gold 1992
Various Artists
Compose Records 2:59
Rare Stamps/I've Never Found a Girl 1993 Stax 3:07
No Image 1993
Various Artists
Rhino 3:06
The R&B Box: 30 Years of Rhythm & Blues 1994
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Bros.
Blast from the Past, Vol. 1 [Total Recording] 1995
Various Artists
Top Music
Blues & Soul 1995
Various Artists
Griffin 1:43
Brothers in Blues & Sisters in Soul 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:00
This Is Soul [Prime Cuts] 1995
Various Artists
Prime Kutz / Prime Cuts 3:00
Sweet Soul Music [K-Tel] 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:03
Super Box of Soul, Vol. 3 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:00
Best Sixties Album in the World Ever 1995
Various Artists
3:04
Roots of Soul, Vol. 1: Original Hits 1995
Various Artists
RSP Records 3:07
The World of Soul [ZYX] 1996
Various Artists
ZYX Music 2:59
Best of Soul [Boxsets 1996] 1996
Various Artists
Boxsets 3:00
Beverly Hills 90210: Songs from the Peach Pit 1996
Original TV Soundtrack
Rhino 3:05
Mega Funk 1996
Various Artists
Wotre Records 3:02
Disco Fever: 18 Disco Stompin' Greats 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:04
1000 Volts of Stax 1997
Various Artists
Stax 4:31
Super Non-Stop Soul Dance 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
Vintage Soul Classics 1997
Various Artists
Beacon Records (Rock) / Beacon Records 2:57
Soul Collection [Madacy #1] 1997
Various Artists
Madacy 3:00
When a Man Loves a Woman: '60s Soul 1997
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 3:06
Knock on Wood: Best of Eddie Floyd 1997 Aim Records 3:29
25 Years of R&B: 1966 1997
Various Artists
Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 3:05
Shakin 60's 1997
Various Artists
Coyote Records 3:03
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Relativity 3:02
Rhythm Revue 1997 TVT 3:05
The Ultimate History of Rock 'N' Roll Collection 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:00
25 Years of R&B 1998
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 3:05
Get Dancin' 1998
Various Artists
Double Play Records 3:03
Greatest Hits of the 60's: 1967 1998
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 3:01
Party Favorites [Intercontinental] 1998
Various Artists
Intercontinental Records 2:59
The Ultimate History of Rock & Roll Collection, Vol. 8: Soul Explosion 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:03
Super Box of Soul 1998
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 3:00
Frat Rock! 3 Pac 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 0:00
Soul Hits of 60's, Vol. 1 1998
Various Artists
Soul Disciples 2:58
Mods Vs. Rockers 1999
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 3:27
Soul Classics: Golden Greats 1999
Various Artists
Fine Tune 3:24
Sweet Soul Music [Dressed to Kill] 1999
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 3:03
Soul Emotions 1999
Various Artists
The Ultimate Music Collection 3:25
Soul Monty 2000
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:58
The Essential Cult Movies [9 Disc Box] 2000
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 3:23
Classic Soul Crate 2000
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:02
The Stax Story 2000
Various Artists
Stax 3:03
Forever Gold: Soul Hits 2000
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:00
Kings of R&B 2001
Various Artists
Town Sound 3:30
Back to Black: 1900-1999 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 3:04
Instant Party: Whole Lotta Soul 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 3:03
Mega 60's 2001
Various Artists
Wagram Records 3:26
The Memphis Box 2001
Various Artists
Icehouse Records 3:04
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:04
And the Beat Goes On [Newsound 2000] 2001
Various Artists
Newsound 2000 2:58
The Blues & Soul, Vol. 1: 1966-1969 2002
Various Artists
Connoisseur 3:06
Soul Spectacular! The Greatest Soul Hits of All Time 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 3:05
The Number 1 Soul Collection 2002
Various Artists
Dominion Entertainment / K-Tel / K-Tel Distribution 3:01
Express Yourself: The Best of Soul 2002
Various Artists
Flashback Gold / Rhino 3:04
Blues & Soul Masters 2002
Various Artists
WEA International 3:04
Soul Party [Prestige Elite] 2002
Various Artists
Prestige Elite Records 3:01
The Hit Box, Vol. 2 2002
Various Artists
United Multi Consign 3:00
Gold Collection: R&B Favorites 2002
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:59
Twogether Soul 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:41
Rock N Roll Reunion 1967 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 2:59
21 Winners: Jukebox Hits of the '60s [2003] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 2:57
The Incredible Soul Collection 2003
Various Artists
Rhino 3:05
After Hours Soul 2003
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:23
#1 R&B Hits [Madacy Box] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 2:58
Respect: The Soul Generation Soundtrack 2003
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:02
WCBS FM: Motown, Soul and Rock N Roll: Motown 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 3:03
Simply the Best Platinum Soul 2003
Various Artists
WEA International 3:03
Box of Rock 2003
Various Artists
Import 3:03
Rock N' Roll Hits Of The 60s [Disc 2] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 2:57
Gold Collection: Jukebox Giants 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:59
60's Soul Mix, Vol. 2 2004
Various Artists
Universal International 3:02
Soul Explosion [Dynamic] 2004
Various Artists
Dynamic 3:26
The Soul Troubadours 2005 Fuel 2000 3:27
Knock on Wood! (Session) 2005 Universe 3:31
Hard to Find Soul 2005
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:03
All That Soul 2005
Various Artists
WEA / Warner 3:04
Funk Hits 2005
Various Artists
Double Play Records 3:04
Night on the Town [K-Tel UK] 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:03
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974, Vol. 6: 1965-1967 2006
Various Artists
WEA International 3:03
Atlantic R&B Box Set 2006
Various Artists
WEA International 3:03
The Platinum Collection 2007 Warner Platinum 3:07
Stax/Volt: The Complete Singles 1959-1968, Vol. 9 2007
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino 3:09
Sweet Soul Music: The Best of Stax 2007
Various Artists
UMVD 3:04
Talk to Me 2007
Original Soundtrack
Atlantic 3:04
The Very Best of Eddie Floyd 2007 Stax 3:06
Atlantic Top 60: Sweat-Soaked Soul Classics 2007
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino 3:10
Only in America: Atlantic Soul Classics 2009
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino / Rhino Atlantic 3:09
Sweet Soul Music: 1966 2009
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 3:08
Mod Mania 2010
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:05
100 Hits: Sixties Pop 2010
Various Artists
100 Hits 3:05
Stax Number Ones 2010
Various Artists
Stax 3:05
101 Soul Anthems 2011
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution / Source Interlink / Virgin 3:03
Atlantic Soul Legends : 20 Original Albums From the Iconic Atlantic Label 2012
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Bros. 3:09
Soul: The Collection 2012
Various Artists
Rhino 3:06
Saturday Night Party: Soul Party 2012
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 2:58
The Best Ever Sixties 2015
Various Artists
Rhino
'60s: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 3:09
100 Greatest Breakfast Songs
Various Artists
Rhino 3:09
100 Greatest Motivation Songs
Various Artists
Rhino 3:09
300 Hits: Saturday Night Party
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing / Wienerworld 2:58
300 Hits: Soul
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 3:01
Best of Soul: 20 Original Hits
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:09
Black Magic [Wisepack]
Various Artists
Wisepack
Bowie Heard Them Here First
Various Artists
Ace 3:09
Box of Rock [Disc 10]
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 3:03
Disco Chartbusters
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment 3:26
Introducing...Soul
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music / WSM 3:09
It's Only Soul (But Maybe the Best), Vol. 2 - Walking the Dog... and More Hits
Various Artists
New World / Zebralution
Mod: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino 3:04
Sixties [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 3:09
Soul of the '60s
Various Artists
Time Life 3:01
Soulful Mornings
Various Artists
Rhino 3:09
Soulsville U.S.A.: A Celebration of Stax
Various Artists
Craft Recordings / Universal 3:05
Sweet Soul Music [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 3:06
No Image
Various Artists
Dino Entertainment
The Greatest Ever... Party Album
Various Artists
Bellevue / Wienerworld 3:00