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Screamin' Jay Hawkins (Jalacy J. Hawkins)

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Biography

Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Screamin' Jay Hawkins was best known for his song "I Put a Spell On You, " which he recorded on the Okeh label in 1956 and which helped win him cult status in the United States, Europe and Japan. He had originally planned the tune as a ballad, but after a night of heavy drinking he tried again--screaming, yelling and groaning--and never looked back. The snorting, some say "cannibalistic" delivery got "I Put A Spell On You" banned from radio stations across the country. Hawkins went on to use the same demented style again and again. Read more...

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Mister Rock and Roll 1957

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A Rage in Harlem 1991

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Character: Blues Club Singer

Two Moon Junction 1988

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Joey 1986

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Sunday Night 1988

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