New Orleans rhythm and blues singer Smiley Lewis first recorded the song in The lyrics tell of the return of a former lover who is rebuffed. Subsequently, numerous artists have recorded it, including Welsh singer and guitarist Dave Edmundswhose version reached number one I Hear You Knockin - Dottie Evans - I Hear You Knockin / Croce Di Oro (Shellac) the UK Singles Chart for six weeks in and was in the top 10 in several other countries.
Penniman", Richard's legal name, listed as the writer, although Bert Mays and J. Mayo Williams were later credited as songwriters. Bartholomew is listed as Mirror - Lewis Fautzi - Elocution producer and songwriter, along with Pearl King a Bartholomew pseudonym; the maiden name of his wife. He claims that he wrote it "in the backseat of a car coming out of San Francisco".
You went away and left me long time ago Now you're comin' back knockin' on my door I hear you knockin', but you can't come in I hear you knockin', go back where you been. Her cover version reached number two on the Billboard Hot singles chart,  number three on the Cash Box Best-Selling Record chart and became a gold record.
Bartholomew believed her version "killed his [Lewis's] record";  blues researcher Bill Dahl added, "Storm swiped his [Lewis's] thunder for any crossover possibilities with her ludicrous whitewashed cover of the plaintive ballad". InBartholomew produced Fats Domino's remake of the song. Edmunds plays all the instruments except possibly bass guitar and AllMusic writer Stephen Thomas Erlewine suggests that the song "has a mechanical rhythm and a weird, out-of-phase vocal that qualifies as an original interpretation".
The production is notable for its use of heavy compression on nearly all tracks, and for its minimalist piano part, consisting of one chord augmented dominant C7 chord played only twice.
Billboard Hot in Edmunds had originally planned to record a cover of " Let's Work Together " by Wilbert Harrisonbut had to reconsider when he heard a version that had been recorded by Canned Heat. He later recalled:. I thought, "Hang on", the two songs have identical format. You could use the same backing track for both songs. It's just a simple bar thing. So I thought, I'll do that. Category:Christmas number-one singles in the United Kingdom. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Not to be confused with the Lazy Lester song by the same name. Song first recorded by Smiley Lewis. Billboard Hot  4 U. Billboard  81 U. Cash Box  Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press. Retrieved February 9, Fats Domino. Alfred Publishing. Huey 'Piano' Smith did the piano work on many of Fats' records. Aswell, Tom Louisiana Rocks! Gretna, Louisiana: Pelican. Whitburnp. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research.
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