45-3601 I Hear You Knocking
Produced by Dave Edmunds
Released on November 1970
UK CHART POSITION #1 (charted Nov. 21, 1970 for 14 weeks)
. . . US CHART POSITION #4
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45-3601 wo. picture sleeve
[high resolution scan]

K ronomyth 0.1: THE KNOCK HEARD ROUND THE WORLD. The best rock and roll songs always have a gimmick, whether it’s a low voice, a killer chorus or just a weird sound you can’t put your finger on. Two years earlier, Edmunds and Love Sculpture rattled the radio with their rock interpretation of Khachaturian’s “Sabre Dance.” So when the time came to release a solo single, Edmunds returned to rock & roll revisionism for a unique version of the Gale Storm hit, “I Hear You Knocking.” Recording his vocals through a telephone line, the song had a great gimmick working for it and sounded like almost nothing else in 1970. (Edmunds would go on to be the Todd Rundgren of rockabilly: a multi-instrumentalist and painstaking producer who spent more time behind the boards than behind the microphone.) The B side, “Black Bill,” is an instrumental that features Edmunds on organ and sounds like a lost oldie rather than a new original.

TRACK LISTING

  1. I HEAR YOU KNOCKING    (Pearl King/Dave Bartholomew)    2:48
  2. BLACK BILL    (Dave Edmunds)    3:05

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK November 1970 MAM 7" MAM-1  
US November 1970 MAM 7" 45-3601  
AUSL 1970 MAM 7" MAM-9327  
CAN 1970 MAM 7" MAM-3601  
JPN 1970 MAM 7" TOP-1582 picture sleeve
NZ 1970 Decca 7" DEC-525  
UK   Blueprint 7" BLU-2010 reissue

 

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