Song of the Day: Dave Edmunds, “I Hear You Knockin'”

Happy birthday to singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer Dave Edmunds, who turns 77 today. He’s mostly associated with pub rock and new wave, but he actually leans toward ’50’s rock and rockabilly. "I Hear You Knockin’" went to #4 in the US, #3 in Canada, and #1 in the UK in 1970.

20 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Dave Edmunds, “I Hear You Knockin'”

  1. For some reason, I thought Dave Edmunds was the Dave who sang with Annie Lennox. (Of course, that was Dave Stewart. Guess some in the Woodstock generation ARE showing our age.) Anyway, I looked Edmunds up & was surprised to find he’s from Wales. Listening to him, I never would have guessed it.

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  2. I enjoy back in the day.this song which is more rockabilly. It sounds a bit rough around the edges but that appeals to me with this song. Funny, he turns 77 and the young look at him as such an old guy but he is one of millions that were from the hippies

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    1. Fats Domino did it first. His is slower and more bluesy while Edmunds’s is more rockabilly.

      I think the Woodstock generation is wearing out in a hurry, or at least look it…

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  3. This is one of those songs I’ve never understood why it was so popular. I didn’t like it much when it came out and hearing it again I don’t like it any more than I did then. Gotta give the guy credit for his success with it though.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  4. I didn’t know until recently that this was a cover. I really like this song…sounds like he is singing through an AM radio…like it should be.

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    1. You hear the same effect in Creedence’s “Suzy Q.” Back in the day, you used a different kind of microphone to get it to sound that way (high impedance? I forget…)

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      1. We played around with it before…I have used a cheap old casette mike from the seventies and overload it a little.

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