Montgomery, Alabama, native Eddie Floyd grew up mostly in Detroit, where, in 1955, he co-founded the soul group The Falcons and scored with the major R&B hit “You’re So Fine” in 1959. Shortly thereafter, a rising star named Wilson Pickett joined the Falcons and he stayed with the group until going solo in 1963. Floyd then moved to Washington, D.C. to work with his friend Al Bell, with whom he co-founded the Safice production company. When Al Bell left D.C. to go to Stax Records as a promotions manager, Floyd followed and worked first as a songwriter and producer, penning such hits as Pickett’s number one R&B hit “634-5789 (Soulsville, USA).” It was when Floyd and Booker T. & the MGs’ guitarist Steve Cropper co-wrote a song originally intended for Otis Redding that he soared to fame with the hit record “Knock On Wood.” Floyd remained with Stax until its involuntary bankruptcy in 1975, and went on to record for the Malaco and Mercury labels in subsequent years and toured with the Blues Brothers Band.
Today, Eddie Floyd lives on the farm in Montgomery, Alabama, that has been in his family for generations and maintains a rigorous touring schedule nationally and internationally. His performance at Austin, Texas’ SXSW Music Festival in March 2007 garnered rave reviews, as did his performance at the Stax 50th Anniversary Concert in Memphis on June 22, 2007 and at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on July 18, 2007. Subsequent performances in 2007 and ever since have taken him to France, Italy, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Sweden, Norway, and other locales.