"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. The song tells of the return of a former lover who is rebuffed and features prominent piano accompaniment. "I Hear You Knocking" reached number two in the Billboard R&B singles chart in 1955, making it Lewis' most popular and best-known song.
Welsh singer and guitarist Dave Edmunds recorded "I Hear You Knocking" in 1970. He had a number one hit with the song in the UK in 1970, 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. Lewis' original song is a piano-driven R&B piece, Edmunds' version features prominent guitar lines using a stripped down rock and roll approach.
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!".
I think this is the first song that I actually remember being announced on Christmas day Top Of The Pops as being the Christmas no1. but this song reminds me of my school friend Bill who throughout 1978 had this stuck in his head as an earworm and he was FOREVER absent mindedly singing it! I bought this single in 1993 for £1.