I Hear You Knocking

Infobox Single
Name = I Hear You Knocking

Artist = Dave Edmunds
from Album = Rockpile
B-side = "Black Bill"
Released = November, 1970
Format = 7" 45 RPM
Genre = Rock
Length = 2:48
Label = MAM
Writer = Dave Bartholomew, Pearl King
Producer = Dave Edmunds
Audio sample? =
Certification =
Last single = --
This single ="I Hear You Knocking"
Next single ="Baby I Love You"
Misc =
"I Hear You Knocking" (sometimes spelled "I Hear You Knockin'") is a popular rhythm and blues song with emphatic syncopation, written by Dave Bartholomew and Pearl King and published in 1955. The original recording was made by Smiley Lewis.

The song, a 12-bar blues, was popularized in 1955 in a cover version by Gale Storm in a recording on Dot Records catalog number 15412, reaching #2 on the Billboard charts. The song reached #3 on the Cash Box Best-Selling Record chart.

A later recording by Dave Edmunds reached #4 on the Billboard charts in 1971 and was the Christmas #1 single in the UK of 1970, topping the chart for six weeks.

In an interview with John Lennon made shortly after the dissolution of the Beatles, Lennon told interviewer Jann Wenner that the Edmunds version was his favourite new recording.

There are also two versions of this song recorded by Alvin Lee. A live version in 1994 on the album 'Live in Vienna' and a studio version in 1995 on the album 'Nineteen Ninety four'.

The song was also covered live by the British rock band Thunder, and can be found as a live B-side on their "Castles in the Sand" single.

The lyrics concern a former lover whose knocking will not be answered. A similar lyrical theme appears in "Keep A-Knocking" and "Open the Door, Richard".


*Jill Day
*Bryan Adams
*Canned Heat
*Clifton Chenier
*Fats Domino (1955)
*Dave Edmunds (1970)
*The Fabulous Thunderbirds (1981)
*Andy Fairweather-Low (1976)
*Connie Francis (1959)
*Screamin' Jay Hawkins
*Pee Wee King & The Golden West Cowboys
*Kingfish (1976)
*Alvin Lee (1994)
*Jerry Lee Lewis
*Smiley Lewis (1955)
*Rockin' Dopsie
*Bruce Springsteen (bootleg)
*Shakin' Stevens (1970)
*Gale Storm (1955)
*Billy Swan
*Joe Turner
*Mac Wiseman
*Joe Walsh

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