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31 Songs Of Halloween: Screamin' Jay Hawkins: I Put A Spell On You

8.10.14



I Put A Spell On You was written and recorded for the first time by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins in 1956 and despite all the notoriety it gained over the years, the song was never a chart hit for Hawkins.


The first time the song went in the Billboard charts in 1965 by Nina Simone. Some others of the most worthy of its countless cover versions are those by Creedence Clearwater Revival, Arthur Brown, The Animals, Ray Charles, Them, The Birthday Party, Roxy Music, Marilyn Manson, Jarboe and She & Him.

This song was the main factor Hawkins created his bizarre stage character, that theatrical persona with all the macabre props and costumes, who emerged onstage out of a coffin, as one of the architects of shock rock.

Here he is on a rare TV clip, performing the song…




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ZR

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