|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
|Find it at GEMM|
|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.
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