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Screamin' Jay Hawkins

An African-American singer.

Known chiefly for his powerful, operatic vocal delivery and wildly theatrical performances of songs such as "I Put a Spell on You" and "Constipation Blues," Hawkins sometimes used macabre props onstage, making him perhaps the first shock rocker.

Hawkins originally set out to become an opera singer, and has regularly cited Paul Robeson as his idol.

When his initial ambitions failed, he began his career as a conventional blues singer and pianist.

He Started playing piano and singing with guitarist Tiny Grimes in the fifties.

His most successful recording, "I Put a Spell on You" (1956), was selected as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

He continued to tour and record through the 1960s and 1970s, particularly in Europe, where he was very popular.

He also toured with Fat’s Domino’s Review.

Went solo in the mid fifties.

In July 1991, Hawkins released his album Black Music for White People.

Hawkins also toured with The Clash and Nick Cave during this period, and not only became a fixture of blues festivals, but appeared at many film festivals as well.

Hawkins died on February 12, 2000 after surgery to treat an aneurysm.

Noted Albums include

1958 At Home with Screamin' Jay Hawkins
1965 The Night and Day of Screamin' Jay Hawkins
1969 What That Is!
1970 Because Is in Your Mind
1972 Portrait of a Man and His Woman
1977 I Put a Spell on You (1966-76)
1979 Lawdy Miss Clawdy
1979 Screamin' the Blues
1983 Real Life
1984 Screamin' Jay Hawkins and The Fuzztones Live
1988 At Home with Jay in The Wee Wee Hours
1988 Live & Crazy
1990 The Art of Screamin' Jay Hawkins
1991 Black Music For White People
1991 I Shake My Stick at You
1993 Stone Crazy
1994 Somethin' Funny Goin' On
1993 Rated X (Sting S) - live
1998 At Last
1998 Live
1999 Live at the Olympia, Paris
2004 Live

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