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Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Born July 18, in Cleveland, OH. Died February 12, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. Although Hawkins was not a major success as a recording artist, his highly theatrical performances from "I Put a Spell on You" onward earned him a steady career as a live performer for decades afterward, and influenced subsequent acts.
Sign In Don't have an account? Screamin' Jay Hawkins Hawkins in concert, Contents [ show ]. Boston: Allyn, Chicago Review Press. Retrieved Backbeat Books. New York: Harmony Books. Komara Encyclopedia of the Blues: A-J.
Laughing Hysterically: American Screen Comedy of the s. Columbia University Press. Top Pop Singles — 1st ed. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research. Enlisted in the US Army at Screamin Jay Hawkins What That Is 13 with a forged birth certificate, and was sent to front-line combat duty.
Golden Gloves amateur boxing champion and later, while in the army, won the Alaska Middleweight Championship in from Billy McCann, though he was stripped of the title because of a technicality under suspicious circumstances. Claims to have recorded his famous single "I Put A Spell On You" while both he and the musicans were blind drunk, and that he couldn't even recall the recording session.
Wrote and recorded the song "Sherilyn Fenn", featured on his album "Stone Crazy". I got more marks on my body than the average crossword puzzle from knives, bombs, bullets and being cut in half by a Japanese colonel in a prisoner of war camp. Something I wanted to do but never did is sing opera. That goes back to my respect for Paul Robeson and Mario Lanzabut Screamin Jay Hawkins What That Is I got into the music business opera didn't get SOUL What Is It the charts; they were just putting rhythm and blues out.
A week later I was sitting at home, and they bring me a 78 of the thing. I put it on, I played it again and again. I thought Escort Cocaine Blues lied to me: this couldn't possibly be Screamin Jay Hawkins What That Is singing like that. So I tried to see if I could reproduce that style of singing.
I contorted my mouth this way and that. I couldn't do it. Most people record songs about love, heartbreak, loneliness, being broke.
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