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C.C. Rider Venerates: Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

He dressed in wild capes, crawled out of a smoke filled coffin, wore a bone through his nose.

But the man called Screamin’ Jay Hawkins never wanted to scream. See, he loved big band music.

MI0001406967Born Jalacy Hawkins, he was actually a classically trained musician. He really wanted to be an opera singer. So when the band went to record “I Put a Spell on You,” he heard it as a sweet love song. A ballad.

But that’s not what happened.  The story goes that Screamin’ Jay walked into the studio with a ballad in mind…and woke up the next day in a fog.  Couldn’t remember a thing. See, the whole band got wasted. A little too much hard drinking.  Screamin’ Jay himself was blackout. But somehow he made it to the microphone, and what came out of his body were primal screams, guttural moans, and one of the greatest vocal performances on vinyl.

He dressed in wild capes, crawled out of a smoke filled coffin, wore a bone through his nose. But the man called Screamin’ Jay Hawkins never wanted to scream…

The Veneration of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
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