Dave Edmunds Retiring
Brian Setzer announces his friend’s final performances over the weekend
By Gary Graff
July 24, 2017
Looks like we won’t be able to hear Dave Edmunds knockin’ anymore. The man who wrote (and recorded) “I Hear You Knocking” and so much more for himself and others (including Elvis Costello and his band Rockpile) is retiring, according to his good friend Brian Setzer.
Setzer writes on his Facebook page that: “It’s with bittersweet announcement that my good friend and guitar legend Dave Edmunds is retiring after tomorrow’s [Saturday, July 22] show. Dave produced the early Stray Cats albums that spawned ‘Runaway Boys,’ ‘Stray Cat Strut,’ ‘Rock This Town,’ ‘(Sexy) & 17’ and ‘I Won’t Stand In Your Way.’ He flew in to Finland to play his final two shows with me. I wish him all the love in the world in retirement.”
In addition to the Stray Cats, Edmunds, 73, also produced Dion and the Everly Brothers and worked with Beatles Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. On his own, he released 14 studio albums, the latest being On Guitar…Rags & Classics in 2015.
Edmunds began his career with the Raiders in 1961, also playing with the Image, Human Beans and Love Sculpture before going solo and releasing his chart-topping version of Smiley Lewis’ “I Hear You Knocking.” His other well-known songs include “I Knew The Bride (When She Used To Rock N Roll),” “Crawling From The Wreckage,” “Another Saturday Night” and “Slipping Away.” Elvis Costello wrote “Girls Talk” for Edmunds, while Bruce Springsteen penned “From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come).”
Edmunds himself has made no announcement about the retirement.