Knock! Knock! Knock! On Wood: My Life in Soul

Knock! Knock! Knock! On Wood: My Life in Soul

Knock! Knock! Knock! On Wood: My Life in Soul

Knock! Knock! Knock! On Wood: My Life in Soul


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Known for the classics “Knock on Wood,” “634-5789,” “Raise Your Hand,” “Big Bird,” and “I’ve Never Found a Girl (To Love Me Like You Do),” among others, Eddie Floyd’s career as a soul legend spans over sixty years. His professional singing career began in Detroit in the 1950s as a founding member of the Falcons, considered “The First Soul Group.” A solo artist and songwriter for Memphis’s famed Stax Records from 1966 until 1975, Floyd has subsequently been the singer for the Blues Brothers Band and for Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, while continuing to perform and record solo.

In Knock! Knock! Knock! On Wood, Floyd recounts how a three-year stint in an Alabama reform school shaped his young life; recalls the early years of R&B in Detroit alongside future Motown and Stax legends; discusses the songwriting sessions with Steve Cropper and Booker T. Jones that produced his biggest hits; addresses his complicated life-long relationship with the often-unpredictable Wilson Pickett; shares his memories of friend Otis Redding; reveals his unlikely involvement in the rise of southern rock darlings Lynyrd Skynyrd; and offers an insider perspective on the tragic downfall of Stax Records. With input from Bruce Springsteen, Bill Wyman, Paul Young, William Bell, Steve Cropper, and others, Knock! Knock! Knock! On Wood captures Eddie’s tireless work ethic and warm personality for an engrossing first-hand account of one of the last true soul survivors.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947026421
Publisher: BMG Books
Publication date: 08/11/2020
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Eddie Floyd is a soul singer and songwriter with nearly twenty charting singles as an artist. His songs have been covered by such diverse performers as Ella Fitzgerald, Bruce Springsteen, Otis Redding, Mavis Staples, David Bowie, Janis Joplin, Eric Clapton, The Jam, Bon Jovi, and hundreds more. An inductee of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, Eddie Floyd lives in Montgomery, Alabama. Tony Fletcher is the author of In The Midnight Hour: The Life & Soul of Wilson Pickett and All Hopped Up and Ready to Go: Music from the Streets of New York, 1927-77. Among his other books are biographies on R.E.M., Keith Moon, and The Smiths. This is his first co-write. Raised in London, England, he has resided for the last three decades in New York State.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Chapter 1 All Money Ain't for You 1

Chapter 2 Sent Up 15

Chapter 3 Baby, That's It 23

Chapter 4 You're So Fine 37

Chapter 5 I Found a Love 49

Chapter 6 Make Up Your Mind 59

Chapter 7 634-5789 79

Chapter 8 Knock on Wood 89

Chapter 9 Hit the Road, Stax 101

Chapter 10 Get on Up, Big Bird 117

Chapter 11 I've Never Found a Girl 131

Chapter 12 California Girl 143

Chapter 13 Down to Earth 153

Chapter 14 Jamaica This Morning 169

Chapter 15 Talk to the Man 183

Chapter 16 Raise Your Hand 195

Chapter 17 Mother, Dear Mother 205

Chapter 18 Knock on Wood (Encore) 213

Chapter 19 Soul Is Back Again 221

Chapter 20 Everybody Needs Somebody 233

Chapter 21 I Got a Reason to Smile 247

Chapter 22 Ed's Love Exchange 255

Chapter 23 Eddie Loves You So 263

Chapter 24 Eddie's Going Shagging 277

Acknowledgments 285

Index 291

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