500 Greatest Songs of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

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Screamin' Jay Hawkins, 'I Put a Spell on You'

320. Screamin' Jay Hawkins, 'I Put a Spell on You'

Writers: Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Herb Slotkin
Producer: Arnold Maxin
Released: Sept. '56, OKeh
Did not chart

Former boxer Jalacy J. Hawkins got loaded on muscatel before shrieking out the hoodoo of "Spell on You," and it took a healthy swig of J&B for him to re-create his studio performance onstage, where he climbed outof a coffin. The prop was Alan Freed’s brainstorm; when Hawkins resisted, Freed peeled off three $100 bills. "I said, 'Show me the coffin,'" the singer quipped.

Appears on: Voodoo Jive (Rhino)

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