Eddie Floyd

Genres: R&B / Soul
Descriptive "tags": soul rhythm and blues stax funk oldies Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

25 June 1935, Montgomery, Alabama, USA. A founder member of the Detroit-based Falcons, Floyd was present on both their major hits, ‘You’re So Fine’ (1959) and ‘I Found A Love’ (1962). He then recorded solo for Lupine in Detroit and Safice in Washington, DC, before moving to Memphis in 1965 to join the Stax Records organization. He first made his mark there as a composer, penning Wilson Pickett’s ‘634-5789’, among others. During Floyd’s recording tenure at Stax, he enjoyed the use of the session bands Booker T. And The MGs and the Mar-Keys. He opened his account with ‘Things Get Better’ (1965), followed by the anthem-like ‘Knock On Wood’ (1966), one of soul’s enduring moments, and probably the only time ‘lightning’ and ‘frightening’ have been coupled without sounding trite. Although subsequent releases failed to match its success, a series of powerful singles, including...

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