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.[citation needed] 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 signed on with the Memphis based Stax Records as a
songwriter in 1965. 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)".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 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", which was covered by both Janis Joplin and Bruce
Springsteen.The song "Big Bird" (featuring Booker T. Jones on organ,
Steve Cropper on guitar, 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 U.S. hit, it became
an underground favorite in the United Kingdom, was covered by U.K.
musical group, 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.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.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 U.S.
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 will be released on 29 July 2008.[1]"Knock On Wood" was Floyd's
biggest hitIndexed at Wikipedia.  


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