Eddie Floyd – “Knock on Wood” (1966)

October 18, 2008 at 1:57 pm (Stax)

Another classic from the Stax label, from 1966, this song has been covered many times over the years (Amii Stewart having a big hit with it in 1979, in a discofied version). Eddie Floyd wrote the song with MGs guitarist Steve Cropper and it became a smash R&B #1 hit. The song was originally written with Otis Redding as the intended singer. Floyd kept it to himself and even though the Stax brass were not enamoured with the song, it became big anyhow. It still sounds great 42 years later.

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