I Put a Spell on You: The Bizarre Life of Screamin' Jay Hawkins

Type: Books

Steve Bergsman

Paperback, 192 pages

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins was larger than life as he emerged from a coffin with a skull on stick singing I Put A Spell On You. With one song, Screamin’ Jay, who studied piano and sang opera, became the embodiment of the sexually insatiable, voodoo empowered, black man feared by 1950’s America. Caught between myth and a nearly unbelievable truth, which story is better? I Put A Spell On You brings together hundreds of interviews with Screamin’ Jay, his family, and bandmates to weave a new tale of the life of this seminal rock and roll pioneer.