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)