THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
886-Dawn-Knock Three Times.
1971-Number 1 single.
Best Bit-At 1.01.If the answer is twice on the pipe, then the best thing to do is forget about her, and go and have a cold shower.
At the time of recording this song there was no official Tony Orlando and Dawn. Orlando was under contract to a different record label, so had to record the song discreetly, such was his feeling about it’s hit potential.The female vocals are provided by Toni Wine, and Linda November, Wine had co-written ‘Dawn’s’ first hit in 1970, ‘Candida,’ she is also the co-writer of ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love,’ a hit for The Mindbenders, and later Phil Collins.
With the success of ‘Candida,’ and ‘Knock Three Times’ Orlando wanted to tour, and that is where the official ‘Dawn’ was formed, with the recruiting of Thelma Hopkins, and Joyce Vincent, who would also provide vocals on the future studio Album’s.Tony Orlando and Dawn became so successful in America that they even had their own television variety show on CBS between 1974-1976.
‘Knock Three Times’ was co-written by Irwin Levine (1938-1977,) and L.Russell Brown, they also wrote other hits for Dawn including ‘Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree,’ which is one of the 50 best selling songs of all time.
‘Knock Three Times’ is about a guy who fancies his downstairs neighbour, and leaves her a note one day saying, that if she is interested, she must knock three times on the ceiling, but if she isn’t interested, bang twice on the pipe.We never find out how she responds.
‘Hey girl what ya doin’ down there, dancin’ alone every night while I live right above you.’