"I Hear You Knocking" (or "I Hear You Knockin'") is a rhythm and blues song written by Dave Bartholomew and Earl King (using the pseudonym "Pearl King"). It was first recorded by New Orleans rhythm and blues artist Smiley Lewis in 1955.
Welsh singer and guitarist Dave Edmunds recorded "I Hear You Knocking" in 1970. Whereas Lewis' original song is a piano-driven R&B piece, Edmunds' version features prominent guitar lines using a stripped down rock and roll approach. In an interview, John Lennon commented "Well, I always liked simple rock. There's a great one in England now, 'I Hear You Knocking'".
Edmunds plays all the instruments (except possibly bass) and, according to one writer, the song "has a mechanical rhythm and a weird, out-of-phase vocal that qualifies as an original interpretation". Edmunds uses fills and a solo played on slide guitar and during the instrumental break, he shouts out the names of several 1950s recording artists, including "Fats Domino, Smiley Lewis, Chuck Berry, Huey Smith and the Clowns!".
In December 1970, "I Hear You Knocking" reached number one in the UK, including the Christmas number one slot and topped the UK singles chart for six weeks. It also placed in the Top 10 in several other countries, including number four in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1971.
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