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Eddie Floyd

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Soul singer/songwriter Eddie Floyd scored among the defining strikes from the Memphis spirit sound with “Knock about Wood,” lots 1 R&B smash that typified the Stax home style in its grittiest. Floyd was created in Montgomery, AL, in 1935, but was raised in Detroit, where his uncle Robert Western owned several record brands, including Lupine. In 1955, Floyd co-founded the seminal proto-soul group the Falcons, who ultimately scored a significant R&B strike with “You’re Therefore Good” in 1959 (with Joe Stubbs, later on of the Curves and 100 Resistant Aged in Spirit, as business lead vocalist). After Stubbs’ departure, Floyd spent a limited period because the Falcons’ business lead vocalist, until Wilson Pickett became a member of up. Now saving for West’s Lupine imprint, the Falcons and Pickett cut their second undisputed traditional, the gospel-inflected ballad “I CAME ACROSS a Like,” in 1962. Pickett consequently went solo, as well as the Falcons split up in 1963. Floyd documented a few single edges for Lupine, and relocated to Washington, D.C., for a while to utilize his DJ friend, Al Bell; both founded a label and creation organization, Safice, co-writing tunes and liberating Floyd’s recordings. When Bell approved employment as promotions movie director at Stax, Floyd implemented him to Memphis, where he agreed upon on with Stax as an employee article writer and manufacturer. He proved helpful chiefly with Carla Thomas and William Bell initially, and often had written in tandem with home guitarist Steve Cropper. In early 1966, their structure “634-5789 (Soulsville, USA)” became lots one R&B strike for Wilson Pickett; around once, Floyd released his first one for Stax, “Issues PROGRESS,” which didn’t chart. That summertime, Floyd lower “Knock on Timber,” another tune he’d created with Cropper; primarily designed for Otis Redding, the tune wasn’t big with Stax administration since it was highly in line with the chord adjustments of Wilson Pickett’s “Within the Midnight Hour.” Nevertheless, distributor Atlantic smelled popular, and released the tune nationally; their intuition proved appropriate, as “Knock on Solid wood” became Stax’s third number 1 R&B strike by the finish of the entire year (strangely, it hardly produced the very best 30 around the pop graphs). Floyd adopted his instant spirit traditional with several even more Best 40 R&B strikes over the following four years, including “INCREASE YOUR Hands,” “Like Is really a Doggone POSITIVE THING,” “On the Saturday Night time,” “I’ve By no means Found a woman (To Like Me AS IF YOU Perform)” (his second biggest strike), along with a cover of Sam Cooke’s “TAKE IT on Home if you ask me.” Regardless of diminishing industrial returns, Floyd remained with Stax being a performer and article writer right up towards the label’s personal bankruptcy in 1975. He spent 2 yrs using the Southern spirit/blues label Malaco, documenting the album Knowledge in 1977; although it was regionally well-known, the Southern spirit sound had longer since fallen right out of industrial favor. A short stint at Mercury didn’t remake Floyd for the disco age group, and after documenting with English mod revivalists Key Affair, he mainly drifted from the studio room. Floyd attempted a return on Ichiban with 1988’s Flashback recording; the following 12 months, he performed at Chief executive Bush’s inaugural ball, and continued to tour using the Blues Brothers Band. In 1998, Floyd produced a visitor appearance in Blues Brothers 2000, and in addition performed “634-5789” with Pickett and Jonny Lang. On the other hand, countless artists have got protected “Knock on Timber,” most prominently a disco edition by Amii Stewart that topped the pop graphs in 1979. Whilst in his seventies, Floyd documented the affirming Eddie Loves You, a task where he revisited a few of his traditional songs. The record premiered in 2008 from a revitalized Stax Information, an ideal pairing of musician and label.

Quick Facts


Full Name Eddie Floyd
Date Of Birth June 25, 1937
Profession Singer, Songwriter
Nationality American
Awards Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award
Music Groups The Blues Brothers, The Falcons
Music Songs Knock on Wood, Raise Your Hand, 634-5789, Big Bird, Bring It on Home to Me, Things Get Better, Don't Tell Your Mama, Love Is a Doggone Good Thing, On a Saturday Night, California Girl, Yum Yum Yum, Good Love, Bad Love, Consider Me, Got to Make a Comeback, I've Got to Have Your Love, Girl I Love You, I've Just Been Feeling Bad, But It's Alright, Never Get Enough of Your Love, People, Get It Together, Soul Street, I'm Just the Kind of Fool, Check Me Out, I Wanna Do Things For You, Sweet Things You Do, Soul-A-Lujah, Rainy Night in Georgia, You Don't Know What You Mean to Me, Baby Lay Your Head Down, Something You Got, Mr. Blue, I've Got a Reason to Smile
Albums Knock on Wood, Eddie Loves You So, Baby Lay Your Head Down (Gently on My Bed), You've Got to Have Eddie, Gotta Make a Comeback, Soul Street, California Girl, I've Never Found a Girl, Spotlight on Eddie Floyd, Down By the Sea, Power, Down to Earth, I'll Be Your Santa Claus, Soul on Fire, Experience, Sweet Soul, Rare Stamps, Stax Profiles Eddie Floyd, Chronicle: Greatest Hits, Rare Stamps / I've Never Found a Girl, Knock on Wood (Remastered), Keep on Smilin', The Best Of, All the Hits Plus More, The Sound Magic of Eddie Floyd, The Platinum Collection, Eddie Floyd, Rare Masters, Eddie Floyd's I Got A Reason To Smile, Eddie Floyd Refreshed, Knock On Wood & Other Favorites (Digitally Remastered), Raise Your Hand
Movies Blues Brothers 2000, Soul Comes Home: A Celebration of Stax Records and Memphis Soul Music, Back to Stax: Memphis Soul, A Stack of Soul


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Love Child 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tu cara me suena 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
When We Were Boys 2013 writer: "Knock on wood"
A Heartbeat Away 2011 writer: "Knock on Wood"
Funkytown 2011 writer: "Knock on wood"
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel 2011 Documentary performer: "Big Bird" / writer: "Big Bird"
Easy A 2010 writer: "Knock on Wood"
Love Ranch 2010 writer: "634-5789"
Electric Dreams 2009 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance Canada 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Soul Men 2008 performer: "I've Never Found a Girl To Love Me Like You Do" / writer: "Water", "I've Never Found a Girl To Love Me Like You Do", "Comfort Me"
It Takes Two 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance 2005-2007 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Death Proof 2007 performer: "Good Love, Bad Love" / writer: "Good Love, Bad Love"
Grindhouse 2007 performer: "Good Love, Bad Love" / writer: "Good Love, Bad Love"
Talk to Me 2007 performer: "Knock on Wood" / writer: "Knock on Wood"
Festival Internacional de la Canción de Viña del Mar 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Off the Black 2006 performer: "Ain't That Good" / writer: "Ain't That Good"
The Warriors 2005 Video Game writer: "Knock On Wood" - as E. Floyd
One Last Thing... 2005 writer: "Knock On Wood"
Empire Falls 2005 TV Movie writer: "Knock On Wood"
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2004 Video Game writer: "Eazy-Er Said Than Dunn"
Grand Theft Parsons 2003 performer: "Big Bird" / writer: "Big Bird"
Operación triunfo 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idool 2003 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
All About the Benjamins 2002 writer: "The Breakdown"
My Own Private Oshawa 2002 TV Movie writer: "Knock on Wood"
Scary Movie 2 2001 writer: "If I Had No Loot"
Bedazzled 2000 writer: "Just the One I've Been Looking For"
My Family 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
An Extremely Goofy Movie 2000 Video writer: "Knock On Wood"
54 1998 writer: "Knock On Wood"
The Last Days of Disco 1998 writer: "Knock on Wood"
Blues Brothers 2000 1998 performer: "634-5789" / writer: "634-5789"
The Big One 1997 Documentary performer: "Big Bird" 1968 / writer: "Big Bird" 1968
Nothing to Lose 1997 performer: "If I Had No Loot" / writer: "If I Had No Loot"
All Men Are Liars 1995 writer: "I Don't Want To Be With Nobody But You"
Back of Beyond 1995 writer: "I Don't Want To Be With Nobody But You"
A Bronx Tale 1993 writer: "Ninety-Nine and a Half Won't Do"
Prelude to a Kiss 1992 writer: "Stop, Look What You're Doin'"
Mystery Date 1991 writer: "634-5789"
Wired 1989 writer: "634-5789"
Road House 1989 writer: "Knock on Wood"
Satisfaction 1988 writer: "Knock on Wood"
Falcon Crest 1988 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Miami Vice 1985 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Top of the Pops 1979-1985 TV Series writer - 6 episodes
Mike's Murder 1984 writer: "Big Bird"
The Ernie Sigley Show 1975 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Wattstax 1973 Documentary writer: "Breakdown"
Mondo Trasho 1969 writer: "634-5789"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Blues Brothers 2000 1998 Ed

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon 2011 Documentary with thanks to

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Music: '60s Pop, Rock & Soul 2011 TV Movie Himself
Stax Records 50th Anniversary Concert 2008 TV Movie Himself
Jools's Annual Hootenanny 2007-2008 TV Series Himself
Great Performances 2007 TV Series Himself
Soul Comes Home 2003 TV Special Himself
Rhythm and Blues 40: A Soul Spectacular 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Full Moon Show 1990 TV Series documentary
Soul Train 1973 TV Series documentary Himself
Wattstax 1973 Documentary Himself
Soul! 1970 TV Series Himself
Where the Action Is 1966 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Music: Aretha Franklin Presents Soul Rewind 2010 TV Movie Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Music, Adapted Song Easy A (2010) · Steve Cropper (music and lyrics by)
· Emma Stone (performed by)


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