Personalities | Screamin’ Jay Hawkins | Fifties | Rock

(Vocals, 1929–2000)

Ohio-born ex-Golden Gloves champion boxer Jalacy Hawkins evolved a stage show in which his props included a coffin and a skull, and although he never actually achieved any hit records, his larger-than-life stage show brought him great popularity. He also co-wrote ‘I Put A Spell On You’, a song which was a UK hit for Nina Simone, Alan Price (ex-The Animals) and Bryan Ferry. Hawkins was surely a role model for Screaming Lord Sutch, Arthur Brown and others.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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