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Knock on Wood – Amii Stewart

Knock on Wood by Amii Stewart featured Knock on Wood, a one-hit wonder in 1979Even if Amii Stewart didn’t have two “iis” in her first name because one obviously wasn’t enough.

Even if “Knock on Wood” wasn’t an enduring disco one-hit wonder.

Even if no one remembered “Knock on Wood” all these years later (plenty of people still do, of course).

I would still have to honor Stewart for her gutsy fashion choice for her album cover. Not many men or women can select such a, well, I’m not really sure what that outfit represents.

Is she a modern Egyptian goddess? A disco queen? A late-1970s aerobics instructor?

No one is really sure.

What the world does know is that Amii Stewart burst upon the disco scene in 1979 with her discofied cover version of Eddie Floyd’s classic “Knock on Wood.” Dance floors and rolling staking rinks were rocked as the thundering bass of this disco smash blasted from the Peavey speakers hanging from the roof (along with the mirrored ball).

Listen to Knock on Wood by Amii Stewart

This is a cover version so good, so monumental, it sold more than 1 million copies, which translated to a Platinum album for Stewart. It also translated to a Grammy Award nomination in 1979.

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“Knock on Wood” reached #1 on the Billboard Top 40 in 1979 making Amii Stewart a one-hit wonder. This was during the dying days of disco, so to sell more than 1 million copies of record at the same time “Disco Sucks” rallies were happening is a major achievement.

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Unfortunately, this monster hit never translated to more hit records and Stewart faded from memory. But the song remains a classic.

Amii. II love it.

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3 Responses to "Knock on Wood – Amii Stewart"

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  2. Possibly the best “Worst album cover of all-time” Ms Stewart seems too have a stone-cold rockin’ body with legs that won’t quit. She has all these assets yet this is what we get. Anyway! I hated Disco then and now and I feel very righteous in that belief but this artist and this song transcend that genre…Great one hit wonder. Great cover!

  3. Jim Barton says:

    I’ve always liked the song and I saw the video just once, a very very long time ago, probably when the song was a hit in 1979 and it always stuck out in my mind as a cool video, even if that is the silliest hat I’d ever seen! Put a couple of toy horses on it and it would be perfect for attending the Kentucky Derby!

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