Eddie Floyd

Eddie Floyd (born Eddie Lee Floyd, 25 June 1935, Montgomery, Alabama ) is a soul/R&B singer and songwriter, best known for his work on the Stax record label in the 1960s and 1970s.

Floyd was born in Alabama, but grew up in Detroit, Michigan. He founded The Falcons, which also featured “Sir” Mack Rice. They were forerunners to future Detroit vocal groups such as The Temptations and The Four Tops. Their 1959 hit “You're So Fine” has been said by some to have been the first true Soul song. Wilson Pickett was then recruited into the group and sang lead on the group's next success, “I Found a Love”. Pickett then embarked on a solo career, and The Falcons disbanded.

Floyd then signed on with the Memphis based Stax Records as a songwriter in 1965. He wrote a hit song quickly with “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 very 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)”.

In 1966, Floyd recorded a song intended for Stax star Otis Redding. Jerry Wexler convinced Stax president Jim Stewart to release the version as it was on Eddie Floyd. The Steve Cropper/Eddie Floyd “Knock On Wood” launched Floyd's solo career and has been cut by over a hundred different artists from David Bowie to Count Basie. It became a huge Disco hit for Amii Stewart in 1979.

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