Eddie Floyd Biography
“Once you’re part of that music, it’s till you die. It’s just as simple as that.”
Eddie Floyd, known for his R&B #1 Hit Song Knock On Wood, sang R&B in the 1960’s and ’70’s. He was born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1937 before later moving to Detroit, where he would start his musical career. Knock On Wood was the name of his debut album and also contained the track of the same name, which would be Floyd’s only #1 Hit. He was 32 years old when he released Knock on Wood with Stax Records. The Album hit the US Pop Singles chart, placing at #28 and it ranked #1 on the US Black Singles.
Eddie would go on to produce 17 total albums between 1967 and 2013, but Knock on Wood would remain his biggest commercial success. 16 titles would go on to place in the R&B Top 100 and 10 would place in the US Pop 100.
Considered by many the best Soul Recordsof 1966, it debuted at No. 97 on the Billboard Top 100 and it peaked at No. 28. The single of Knock On Wood would hit #1 on the Billboard R&B Chart and the Album was certified Gold, selling more than 1,000,000 copies.
The iconic song was composed in the Lorraine Motel, where a few years later Martin Luther King Jr. would be assassinated. The famous line, “It’s like thunder, lightning, the way you love me is frightening…” when written after Eddie was talking with his guitarist Steve Crooper about how he would hide under the bed during of loud thunderstorms in Alabama. Ringo Star said it was his favorite song of all time. It’s been covered many times, including by David Bowie, Amii Stewart and Eric Clapton and Michael Bolton.
Eddie was known for composing songs. In fact, his first recording contact was with Stax Records, not as a singer but as a song writer. He would write numerous songs for numerous artists during his years at Stax Records, many of which would chart in the top 100. Two of the hits he composed were “634-5789” and “Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won’t Do).” Eddie was the most consistent hitmaker at Stax Records. Unfortunately, when Stax records failed in 1975, some believe it took Eddie’s career along with it.
In 2011, Eddie said “Soul music is a feeling. It’s genuine. Audiences respond to soul singers, not just the music. But to be effective, a soul singer needs to feel the words and to send out those feelings.”
In 2012, Eddie was included in the Caroline Beach Music Hall of Fame and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2018. He continued to perform around the world for many decades, even after his career had faded somewhat. Eddie performed Knock On Wood for President Obama in 2013, as part of a PBS In Performance At The White House series. The crowed reportedly went “nuts” for Eddies performance. [https://youtu.be/Nm3CvYgM0gw] It wasn’t the first time Eddie had performed for a president. He sang for President Bush’s 1989 inaugural ball.
Frequently Asked Questions
When Was Eddie Floyd Born?
Eddie Floyd was born on October 25, 1937 in Montgomery, Alabama.
Eddie Floyd Greatest Hits?
The Best of Eddie Floyd is a compilation album by American soul singer Eddie Floyd, released in 1992. It features some of his best-known songs, including “Knock on Wood” and “I’ve Never Found a Girl (To Love Me Like You Do).
Where Is Eddie Floyd From?
Eddie Floyd is from Alabama.
When Did Eddie Floyd Record Knock On Wood?
Eddie Floyd recorded “Knock on Wood” in 1966. The song was originally released as a single, but it gained popularity after being included on Floyd’s debut album, Big Easy Soul. The song has been covered by many artists over the years, and it remains one of Floyd’s best-known songs.
Who Wrote Knock On Wood?
The song “Knock on Wood” was written by Eddie Floyd and Steve Cropper. The song was first recorded by Floyd in 1966 and released as a single in 1967.
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