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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Eddie Loves You

1. 'til My Back Ain't Got No Bone

2. Since You Been Gone

3. Close To You

4. I Don't Want To Be With Nobody But You

5. You Don't Know What You Mean To Me

6. I Will Always Have Faith In You

7. Head To Toe

8. Never Get Enough Of Your Love

9. You're So Fine

10. Consider Me

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Track List: Knock On Wood!

1. Knock On Wood

2. California Girl

3. Things Get Better (When I'm With You)

4. Bring It On Home To Me

5. Mr. Blue

6. Raise Your Hand

7. On A Saturday Night

8. Got To Make A Comeback

9. I've Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)

10. I've Got A Reason To Smile

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Track List: Gotta Make A Come Back

1. California Girl

2. Knock On Wood

3. Bring It Home To Me

4. Mr. Blue

5. When I'm With You

6. On A Saturday Night

7. Got To Make A Comeback

8. I've Never Found A Girl ( To Love Me Like You Do)

9. I've Got A Reason To Smile

10. Raise Your Hand

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Track List: Rare Stamps

1. Bring It On Home To Me

2. Never Give You Up

3. Girl I Love You

4. Hobo

5. I Need You Woman

6. I've Never Found A Girl

7. I'll Take Her

8. Slip Away

9. I'm Just The Kind Of Fool

10. Water

11. Sweet Things You Do

12. Knock On Wood

13. Raise Your Hand

14. Love Is A Doggone Good Thing

15. On A Saturday Night

16. Things Get Better

17. Big Bird

18. Got To Make A Comeback

19. I've Just Been Feeling Bad

20. This House

21. I've Got To Have Your Love

22. Consider Me

23. Never Let You Go (W/ Mavis Staples)

24. Ain't That Good (W/ Mavis Staples)

25. Laurie

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Track List: Chronicle: Greatest Hits

1. Knock On Wood

2. Raise Your Hand

3. Love Is A Doggone Good Thing

4. On A Saturday Night

5. I've Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)

6. Bring It On Home To Me

7. I've Got To Have All Of Your Love

8. Don't Tell Your Mama

9. Why Is The Wine Sweeter (On The Other Side)

10. California Girl

11. My Girl

12. The Best Years Of My Life

13. Blood Is Thicker Than Water

14. Yum Yum Yum (I Want Some)

15. Check Me Out

16. Soul Street

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nancyweissbe i n
Like this song :)
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Love my Pandora...
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So much to choose
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Bring me back knock on wood always.
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The stax legends...
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Great voice, love my Pandora..
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Eddie Floyd rocked this song and the White House when they did a tribute to Memphis soul on PBS.
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Love this song.
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Back. In the day in kimper county. In the 601
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rjbolich8
Hi
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Eddie Floyd memorable sounds help me to go on with out him.
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No ,man has a woman like me I am one of a kind,,!
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Never never found a man like you ,!!
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Yes, I will "??
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This is another favorite of mine.
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Real music....
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I'm sorry I just got bored with Pandora
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Easy listening... . . . g o o d stuff...
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I have a reason to smile
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Amen
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I like music
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I love this song so much that I love Eddie Floyd too much now it came from the movie easy a
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209ricm
Ain't no love like my baby's love
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209ricm
I ain't never found a girl to love like you do bad jam
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Just eight years old by the way
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lhobbs3232
Just kidding
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Hate this song
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209ricm
Ain't no love like my baby's love
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Love me right like I love you
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That song was my testimony once upon a time, back in the day, it still has meaning even in this time today
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You do
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I love this song
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A smile warms your heart
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I love your music
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I remember the Marvelette's song BEECHWOOD 4-5789. What the heck was 634-5789 ?
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This was ME. and BABY LEONARD A. FISHER.,GONE WAY TO SOON!!!!!!
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MR. FLOYD BEAUITFUL BALLARDS OVER THE YEARS LOVE YO SMILE..
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This song Love Me Like You Do surely brings back good times! RQ/rlh
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Love me some Eddie Floyd:-)
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Love this old school music was rasie up on this music:-)
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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.
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I remember this song from the old days and it sounds just as true today!
Nobody can love me like you do. RQ/rlh
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A straight up cheaters jamm hey just dont slip into no trouble
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Knock. On wood. Baby
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lisad196133
what a voice and song together and we have great.
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Ant no love like my baby love!!!
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Illness kept me from Pandora approximatel y eighteen month I don't believe that there is any more great music as old school.
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Eddie Floyd=Red Light Parties
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Thanks pandora for all of the good music.
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