I Hear You Knocking
Name = I Hear You Knocking
from Album = Rockpile
B-side = "Black Bill"
Released = November, 1970
Format = 7" 45 RPM
Genre = Rock
Length = 2:48
Label = MAM
Dave Bartholomew, Pearl King
Audio sample? =
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 songwith emphatic syncopation, written by Dave Bartholomewand Pearl Kingand published in 1955. The original recording was made by Smiley Lewis.
The song, a
12-bar blues, was popularized in 1955 in a cover versionby Gale Stormin a recording on Dot Recordscatalog 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 Edmundsreached #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 Lennonmade shortly after the dissolution of the Beatles, Lennon told interviewer Jann Wennerthat 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".
The Fabulous Thunderbirds(1981)
Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Pee Wee King& The Golden West Cowboys
Jerry Lee Lewis
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