Knock on Wood (song)


Knock on Wood (song)

Infobox Single
Name = Knock On Wood


Artist = Eddie Floyd
from Album = Knock On Wood
B-side = "Got to Make a Comeback"
Released = 1966
Format = 7" single
Recorded = 1966
Genre = Soul
Length = 3:05
Label = Stax Records S-194
Writer = Eddie Floyd, Steve Cropper
Producer = Steve Cropper
Last single = "Things Get Better"
(1966)
This single = "Knock On Wood"
(1966)
Next single = "Raise Your Hand"
(1967)
Infobox Single
Name = Knock on Wood


Caption =
Artist = David Bowie
from Album = David Live
A-side =
B-side = "Panic in Detroit (Live)"
Released = September 1974
Format = 7" single
Recorded = Tower Theatre, Philadelphia; July 1974
Genre = Rock
Length = 3:03
Label = RCA
2446
Producer = Tony Visconti
Certification =
Chart position =
* #10 (UK)
Last single = "Diamond Dogs"
(1973)
This single = "Knock on Wood"
(1974)
Next single = "Rock 'n' Roll With Me"
(1974)
Misc =
Infobox Single
Name = Knock on Wood


Caption =
Artist = Amii Stewart
from Album = Knock on Wood
A-side =
B-side =
Released = 1979
Format = 7" single 12" single
Recorded = 1978
Genre = Disco
Length = 3:50 (7" single) 4:55 (album version), 6:03 (12" single, club mix)
Label =
Producer =
Certification = 2x Platinum (US)
Gold (UK)
Chart position =
*#1 (US)
*#6 (US R&B)
*#6 (UK)
Last single =
This single = "Knock on Wood"
(1974)
Next single = "Light My Fire
Misc =

"Knock on Wood" is a hit 1966 song written by Eddie Floyd and Steve Cropper and originally performed by Eddie Floyd [http://staxrecords.free.fr/slist.htm Stax singles] .

It has been covered multiple times by the following artists:
Otis Redding and Carla Thomas in a duet (1967)
Archie Bell & the Drells on the album Tighten Up (1968)
Harpers Bizarre on their album 4 (1969)
David Bowie recorded live and released later that year (1974) as a single
Rachel Stevens (1976)
Ike & Tina Turner
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Amii Stewart (1978). This version reached #1 in the U.S. charts in April of 1979, becoming the most well-known version of the song.
Mary Griffin for the 54 (film) soundtrack (1998) in which she also performed

David Bowie version

With Bowie becoming fascinated with soul music on his 1974 American tour, a rendition of "Knock on Wood" was added to the live repertoire. This was chosen from the Tower Theatre recordings for the live double album "David Live" to be released as a single in the UK, with "Panic in Detroit" from the same concerts as a B-side. In America, "Rock 'n' Roll With Me" was chosen to promote the album. The British single made #10 in the charts, while the American version failed to chart.

Track listing

# "Knock on Wood" (Floyd, Cropper) — 3:03
# "Panic in Detroit" (Bowie) — 5:52

Production credits

* Producer:
** Tony Visconti

* Musicians:
** David Bowie: vocals
** Earl Slick: guitar
** Herbie Flowers: bass
** Michael Kamen: keyboards
** Tony Newman: drums
** David Sanborn, Richard Grando: saxophone
** Pablo Rosario, Gui Andrisano, Warren Peace: backing vocals

References

Literature

*Pegg, Nicholas, "The Complete David Bowie", Reynolds & Hearn Ltd, 2000, ISBN 1-903111-14-5


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