Folk singer Joe Stead
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'The Knocker Upper Man' song

This is a clip from The Knocker Upper Man folk song, written by Mike Canavan in 1973, the year the custom reportedly died out in Lancashire.

It is performed by Joe Stead, from Sowerby Bridge in West Yorkshire, who sings about the knocker upper man, whose job it was to wake up workers before most households had alarm clocks.

  • 23 Mar 2016
  • From the section London