“Knock on Wood” is a 1966 hit song written by Eddie Floyd and Steve Cropper and originally performed by Eddie Floyd. The Eddie Floyd version peaked at #28 on the Hot 100 and spent one week at #1 on the Soul Singles chart.
Amii Stewart’s disco version of the song, served as her debut single which reached number one in the U.S. charts in April 1979, as well as charting on the soul singles and disco charts, becoming the best-known version of the song. The song was co-produced by Simon May. It also reached the Top 10 twice in the UK, first in 1979 (#6) and a remixed version reached #7 in 1985. Amii’s version was featured in the 1998 film The Last Days of Disco and 54
Stewart followed up with another cover of The Doors’ classic, “Light My Fire”, which reached #5 in the UK, although only managed a lowly #69 in the US. She recorded it as a medley, incorporating “Light My Fire/137 Disco Heaven”.
In the 1998 movie 54, actress/singer Mary Griffin portrayed Stewart, performing the song Knock on Wood, at the famed discothèque. While performing, Griffin wore a similarly extravagant outfit to that which Stewart wore in the video to “Knock On Wood” in 1979. Although it was obvious that Griffin was portraying Stewart, the credits at the end of the movie have Griffin’s character listed as Disco Star.
Since 2001 Stewart has been working as a goodwill ambassador for Italian Unicef and has been involved in a large number of projects such as “Uniti per i bambini, Uniti contro l’AIDS” (translated as “United for the children, united against AIDS”). In 2006, she recorded the charity single “Love Song” for UNICEF in four different languages, once again returning to work with Ennio Morricone. The following year saw her return to duet with Mike Francis on the track “Nothing Can Come Between Us”. In 2006 Stewart and long-time friend and collaborator Ennio Morricone released 5 track single “Love Song”, sung in English, Italian, French, Spanish as well as a multilingual version. All proceeds from the single went to Unicef’s campaign “Check Out For Children”
In 1982 singer Roni Griffith hit number two on the US Dance Club Songs chart for two weeks with her Hi-NRG version of the song in 1982. By the end of that year Griffin had a platinum and gold record for her hits “(The Best Part of) Breakin’ Up” and “Desire”.
In 1983 Griffin’s career took a strange turn when she pursued a career as Christian Contemporary artist. She appeared on The 700 Club and in 2004, she released her second Christian Contemporary album, entitled Only You.
The Skatt Brothers (or Skatt Bros.) was a Canadian band formed in 1979 was supposedly modeled after the Village People for parallels in music, but for a straight audience and by straight (?) masculine men.
They did not succeed.
Sean Delaney formed the band in 1979 and was signed to Casablanca Records by Neil Bogart. In 1979, the band released Walk the Night , on the Strange Spirits album. ” Walk the Night” which was widely popular, reaching #9 in the Billboard charts and #1 on various national charts.Walk the Night is considered the band’s cult classic and most famous released but in 1980 the band released a single called Life at the Outpost which while not as popular did reach the Top 25 internationally and hit Number #13 in Australia.
This official video was done by the Australian record company, without the actual Skatt Brothers, using male models instead when repeated requests to the bands management company to produce a video for Life At The Outpost went unanswered.
It’s the the finest music video never to reach popular rotation and a must see.
“Ring My Bell” is a 1979 disco song and gay anthem sung by Anita Ward. It was originally written for Stacy Lattisaw, but when she signed with a different label, Ward was asked to sing it instead and it became her only major hit and was played in every gay disco, bathouse, and backroom in America. The song hit number one on the disco charts and number one on both the Billboard Hot 100, and soul singles chart.
“Ring My Bell” has been covered by many artists since its original release, including Blondie, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Ann Lee, Tori Amos, Blood Sisters, Dynamic Duo, D’Flow Production Squad, Collette, Saïan Supa Crew, INOJ, Pato Fu, Joey Boy, and Sxip Shirey.