Panel from Wonderworld Comics issue #22, February 1941
[I discovered today that one of the Wires and Waves partners is experiencing technical difficulties that may be making the streaming music player unavailable to some visitors - I'll get things back up and running as soon as I can.]
Not much is known about the Rollers, a group that was recording (and presumably performing) in the Miami area in the '60s and early '70s. "Knockin' on the Wrong Door" probably dates from that later period because the song "borrows" more than a little from the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back". Found by music archivists in a moldering box of old tapes in someone's closet, the song was spliced into a longer tape of instrumental demos, but it's a fully-formed soul-pop number that could have been the Rollers first release (they never even put out a single while they were together). It's a fun song - I just hope that the title is not the euphemistic reference it would be if recorded today. There's something about how the nameless lead singer delivers the line, "You're knocking on the WRONG DOOR, if you can dig what it is!"
"Knockin' on the Wrong Door" by the Rollers