Instrument: Vocals
Date of Birth: June 25, 1935
Place of Birth: Montgomery, Alabama

Walk of Fame Star

2003 Inductee Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Eddie Floyd came aboard the good ship Stax at the behest of his friend Al Bell and immediately made himself useful as a composer for labelmates Carla Thomas, William Bell, Otis Redding (originally intended to be the recipient of "Knock on Wood"), and Atlantic's Wilson Pickett.

Floyd's own mid-'60s output included "Raise Your Hand," which utilized the same Booker T. & the MGs-powered thrust as "Knock on Wood," and "Big Bird," written partially in shocked response to the tragic death of Redding. Floyd remained loyal to Stax right up to its bitter demise, his engaging vocals resulting in major hits with the gentle "I've Never Found a Girl" and a lively remake of Sam Cooke's "Bring It on Home to Me."

Whenever Floyd re-teams with his old Stax pals -- guitarist Steve Cropper, bassist Duck Dunn, and sometimes Booker T. Jones on organ -- the long-ago Memphis magic instantly returns. With Floyd happily leading the throngs through "Raise Your Hand" and "Knock on Wood," it's 1966 all over again. -- Bill Dahl

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

 

Personal Web Site: http://eddiefloyd.com/

 

Eddie Floyd (born Eddie Lee Floyd, June 25, 1935,[1][2] MontgomeryAlabama) is a soul/R&B singer and songwriter, best known for his work on the Stax record label in the 1960s and 1970s and the song "Knock on Wood".

 

Floyd was born in Alabama, but grew up in Detroit, Michigan.[1] He founded The Falcons, which also featured Mack Rice.[1] They were forerunners to future Detroit vocal groups such as The Temptations and The Four Tops. Their most successful songs included "You're So Fine" and later, when Wilson Pickett was recruited into the group as the lead singer, "I Found a Love". Pickett then embarked on a solo career, and The Falcons disbanded.[1]

Floyd signed on with the Memphis based Stax Records as a songwriter in 1965.[1] He wrote a hit song, "Comfort Me" recorded by Carla Thomas. He then teamed with Stax's guitarist Steve Cropper to write songs for Wilson Pickett, now signed to Atlantic Records. Atlantic distributed Stax and Jerry Wexler brought Pickett down from New York to work with Booker T. & the MGs. The Pickett sessions were successful, yielding several pop and R&B hits, including the Floyd co-written "Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)" and "634-5789 (Soulsville USA)".[1]

In 1966, Floyd recorded a song intended for Otis Redding. Wexler convinced Stax president Jim Stewart to release Floyd's version. The Steve Cropper/Eddie Floyd "Knock On Wood" launched Floyd's solo career,[1] and has been cut by over a hundred different artists from David Bowie to Count Basie. It became a disco hit for Amii Stewart in 1979.

Floyd was one of Stax's most consistent and versatile artists. He scored several more hits on his own, including "I Never Found a Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)" and "Raise Your Hand",[1] which was covered by both Janis Joplin and Bruce Springsteen.

The song "Big Bird" (featuring Booker T. Jones on organ and guitar, Al Jackson, Jr. on drums, and Donald "Duck" Dunn on bass) was written while Floyd waited in a London airport for a plane back to the United States for Otis Redding's funeral. Although not a US hit, it became an underground favorite in the UK, was later covered by The Jam, and was featured on the video game, Test Drive Unlimited.

Floyd's career did not keep him from being one of the label's most productive writers. Virtually every Stax artist recorded Floyd material, often co-written with either Cropper or Jones, including Sam & Dave ("You Don't Know What You Mean to Me"), Rufus Thomas ("The Breakdown"), Otis Redding ("I Love You More Than Words Can Say"), and Johnnie Taylor's "Just the One (I've Been Looking For)". The latter played during the opening credits of director Harold Ramis's film, Bedazzled.

Floyd, in 1980, also released material on the UK record label I-Spy Records owned and created by the UK band Secret Affair.[1] He joined old Stax collaborators Cropper and Dunn, and fronted The Blues Brothers Band on a series of world tours, and in 1998, Floyd and former Falcon Wilson Pickett appeared on screen dueting on "634-5789" in Blues Brothers 2000.[1]

As well as singing with The Blues Brothers Band, Floyd as been the special guest with former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings on several dates in the US and the UK.

In 2008, Floyd returned to Stax Records which is now owned by Concord Music Group. His first new album in six years, Eddie Loves You So released in July 2008.[3][1]

Discography

 

Singles

SingleA-SideB-Side

Safice 334"Never Get Enough Of Your Love""Baby Bye"

Safice 336"I'll Be Home For Christmas""Can This Be Christmas"

Safice 338"Make up Your Mind""No, No, No"

Stax 187"Things Get Better""Good Love, Bad Love"

Stax 194"Knock on Wood""Got To Make A Comeback"

Stax 208"Raise Your Hand""I've Just Been Feeling Bad"

Stax 219"Don't Rock The Boat""This House"

Stax 223"Love Is A Doggone Good Thing""Hey Now"

Stax 233"On A Saturday Night""Under My Nose"

Stax 246"Big Bird""Holding On With Both Hands"

Stax 0002"On A Saturday Night""Under My Nose"

Stax 0012"I've Never Found A Girl""I'm Just the Kind Of Fool"

Stax 0025"I've Got to Have Your Love""Girl I Love You"

Stax 0036"Don't Tell Your Mama""Consider Me"

Stax 0040"Soul-A-Lujah Pt. I" (with W. Bell, C. Thomas & J. Taylor)"Pt. II" (instrumental)

Stax 0051"Why Is The Wine Sweeter?""People Get It Together"

Stax 0060"California Girl""Woodman"

Stax 0072"My Girl""Laurie"

Stax 0077"Best Years of My Life""My Little Girl"

Stax 0087"Oh, How It Rained""When My Baby Said Goodbye"

Stax 0095"Blood Is Thicker Than Water""Have You Heard The Word"

Stax 0109"Yum Yum Yum (I Want Some)""Tears of Joy"

Stax 0134"You're Good Enough (To Me Baby)""Spend All You Have On Love"

Stax 0158"Lay Your Loving On Me""Knock On Wood" (live)

Stax 0171"Baby Lay Your Head Down""Check Me Out"

Stax 0188"I Wanna Do Things For You""We've Been Through Too Much Together"

Stax 0209"Guess Who""Something To Write Home About"

Stax 0216"Soul Street""Highway Man"

Stax 0232"I Got A Reason To Smile""Stealing Love"

Stax 0239"Talk To The Man" "I Got A Reason To Smile"

 

Albums

Knock on Wood - (1967) - Stax

Looking Back - (1968) - Ember Records

Never Found a Girl - (1969) - Stax

Rare Stamps - (1969) - Stax

You've Got to Have Eddie - (1969) - Stax

California Girl - (1970) - Stax

Down to Earth - (1971) - Stax

Baby Lay Your Head Down - (1973) - Stax

Soul Street - (1974) - Stax

Experience - (1978) - Malaco Records

Flashback - (1988) - Ichiban Records

Gotta Make a Comeback - (1999) - Plane Records

To the Bone - (2002) - Rock House Records

Eddie Loves You So - (2008) - Stax

References

1^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Biography by Steve Huey". Allmusic.com. Retrieved October 8, 2009.

2^ Eddiefloyd.com His birth year is open to speculation. His own official website (Eddiefloyd.com) states 1937, although most other third-party reliable sources cite 1935

3^ Stax50.com news

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Floyd

More info at: http://eddiefloyd.com/eddiebio.htm

http://www.history-of-rock.com/eddie_floyd.htm

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p4283

http://books.google.com/books?id=XLdsRwpZ9oYC&printsec=frontcover&dq=soulsville&sig=ACfU3U0srTq7YeEyniP8y-FMSFpArxeB8w#v=onepage&q&f=false

http://www.soultracks.com/eddie_floyd.htm

 

 

 

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