Don’t Knock My Love: Wilson Pickett’s Funky Soul Gem

wilson pickett dont knock my love

photo: JF Hayeur


This week’s hip-shaking, foot-tapping song’s brought to you by the great Wilson Pickett and his 1971 hit “Don’t Knock My Love–Pt 1.” (Part 2 is purely instrumental.)

Recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals studios in Alabama, “Don’t Knock My Love” is one of the earliest funk-infused soul tunes. It was also a number one hit for the soul legend— his last one as a matter of fact. The single is off the album by the same name, his 11th and final album for the prestigious Atlantic label.

dont knock my love back cover

photo: JF Hayeur

Interesting song fact: Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye recorded a cover of this song for their 1973 duet album, Diana & Marvin.

So what makes this such a great song? Short answer: everything! Long answer: Pickett’s raw, yet pitch-perfect vocals, the infectious latin percussions and the inimitable sound of the Memphis Horns! It is the quintessential soul/funk song. And hey, “If you don’t like it, don’t knock it.”

Here’s a fun link to Wilson Pickett’s energetic performance on Soul Train, proof I’m not the only one who loves to dance to this song!

Now if you’re unfamiliar with the Wicked Pickett, I feel sorry for you. No seriously though, Pickett is one of the most important figures in the history of soul music. I’ll definitely write about him some more on this blog, but in the meantime here are some recommended reading and listening on the web:

Best Wilson Pickett bios: Rolling Stone, & Songs: I’m in Love, 634-5788, Mustang Sally, In the Midnight Hour, Land of 1000 Dances, Funky Broadway, If You Need Me, Stagger Lee, I Found a Love (The Falcons), Hey Jude (with Duane Allman on guitar).


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