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Eddie Floyd

Soul singer/songwriter Eddie Floyd scored one of the defining hits of the Memphis soul sound with "Knock on Wood," a number one R&B smash that typified the Stax house style at its grittiest. Floyd was born in Montgomery, AL, in 1935, but grew up in Detroit, where his uncle Robert West owned a couple of record labels, including Lupine. In 1955, Floyd co-founded the seminal proto-soul group the Falcons, who eventually scored a major R&B hit with "You're So Fine" in 1959 (with Joe Stubbs, later of the Contours and 100 Proof Aged in Soul, as lead singer). After Stubbs' departure, Floyd spent a brief period as the Falcons' lead singer, until Wilson Pickett joined up. Now recording for West's Lupine imprint, the Falcons and Pickett cut their second undisputed classic, the gospel-inflected ballad "I Found a Love," in 1962. Pickett subsequently went solo, and the Falcons broke up in 1963.

Floyd recorded a few solo sides for Lupine, and moved to Washington, D.C., for a time to work with his DJ friend, Al Bell; the two founded a label and production company, Safice, co-writing songs and releasing Floyd's recordings. When Bell accepted a job as promotions director at Stax, Floyd followed him to Memphis, where he signed on with Stax as a staff writer and producer. He worked chiefly with Carla Thomas and William Bell at first, and often wrote in tandem with house guitarist Steve Cropper. In early 1966, their composition "634-5789 (Soulsville, USA)" became a number one R&B hit for Wilson Pickett; around the same time, Floyd released his first single for Stax, "Things Get Better," which failed to chart. That summer, Floyd cut "Knock on Wood," another song he'd written with Cropper; initially intended for Otis Redding, the tune wasn't big with Stax management because it was strongly based on the chord changes of Wilson Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour." However, distributor Atlantic smelled a hit, and released the song nationally; their instincts proved correct, as "Knock on Wood" became Stax's third number one R&B hit by the end of the year (strangely, it barely made the Top 30 on the pop charts). Floyd followed his instant soul classic with several more Top 40 R&B hits over the next four years, including "Raise Your Hand," "Love Is a Doggone Good Thing," "On a Saturday Night," "I've Never Found a Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)" (his second biggest hit), and a cover of Sam Cooke's "Bring It on Home to Me."

In spite of diminishing commercial returns, Floyd stayed with Stax as a performer and writer right up to the label's bankruptcy in 1975. He spent two years with the Southern soul/blues label Malaco, recording the album Experience in 1977; while it was regionally popular, the Southern soul sound had long since fallen out of commercial favor. A brief stint at Mercury failed to remake Floyd for the disco age, and after recording with British mod revivalists Secret Affair, he largely drifted away from the studio. Floyd attempted a comeback on Ichiban with 1988's Flashback album; the following year, he performed at President Bush's inaugural ball, and went on to tour with the Blues Brothers Band. In 1998, Floyd made a guest appearance in Blues Brothers 2000, and also performed "634-5789" with Pickett and Jonny Lang. Meanwhile, countless artists have covered "Knock on Wood," most prominently a disco version by Amii Stewart that topped the pop charts in 1979. While in his seventies, Floyd recorded the affirming Eddie Loves You, a project where he revisited some of his classic songs. The album was released in 2008 from a revitalized Stax Records, the perfect pairing of artist and label. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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This song Love Me Like You Do surely brings back good times! RQ/rlh
Love me some Eddie Floyd:-)
Love this old school music was rasie up on this music:-)
Mommy and Daddy used to play this on the stereo at our Saturday night.gather i n g s . Love this jam. Memories of the old fast-growing up on Long Island, New York.
I remember this song from the old days and it sounds just as true today!
Nobody can love me like you do. RQ/rlh
A straight up cheaters jamm hey just dont slip into no trouble
Knock. On wood. Baby
lisad196133
what a voice and song together and we have great.
Ant no love like my baby love!!!
ajsl0708
Illness kept me from Pandora approximatel y eighteen month I don't believe that there is any more great music as old school.
Eddie Floyd=Red Light Parties
Thanks pandora for all of the good music.
Great old time r&b stylist; love his music!!
walt. i wish someone would come up with a radio station that plays old school music 24/7.
they dont make songs like this anymore!!
TO MY OLD FRIEND AND MENTOR, JIMMY CORPUS,WHO TURN ME ON TO THIS RIGHTOUS OLD SONG IN THE LADDER 60'S KM.
dconey me to keep it up good music will never die
debnron0
a new song to me, (i never found a girl to love me like you do) wow do i like it!! this Eddie Floyd can sing!!
ast8973
I LOVE THAT SONG
Love Eddie Floyd and this song. Better knock on wood........ . . . w h o o
Yes please keep playing the good music
I just want to comment you all for taking the time and answering my question
about the checking of the music.
I just sit at my desk and day dream about the
back in the day music it keeps me thinking about the beautiful things that happened at the music moment. All I have to say KEEP PLAYING THAT BEAUTIFUL MUSIC. Thanks
gail.swenson
i love the way he sings the song like johnny cash did
this takes me back 2 ascarate lake 915
I think the hottest hit Eddie Floyd ever made was I found Love on a lonely highway and it is still going hot on the R & B stations. Still Bill with 103.1 kiss FM rocks it always.

Wilhelmina Watson C.
Again, could be a Carolina Beach Music artist love it
I really like him

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