Sunday, May 10, 2009

Screamin' Jay Hawkins

One of the more colourful figures in Rock / R & B history, the template for Arthur Brown, Tom Waits, Alice Cooper (sort of). The collection is called Cow Fingers And Alligator Pie, and it came from the West Kildonan Library. I don’t think this is the whole thing…

Screamin' Jay Hawkins:

I Put A Spell On You – The song was never a hit for Hawkins, but it put a spell on the music world, with covers by Nina Simone, The Animals, Alan Price, Arthur Brown, Creedence Clearwater Revival. It’s been honoured by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and listed as one of the greatest songs of all time by Rolling Stone. Not bad for a song that never made the top 100.
Little Demon – Keeping with the theme I guess. Kind of like Chuck Berry with a problem.
You Made Me Love You – The standard from the 30s. I guess she put a spell on him. You have to hear this to believe it. Harry Nilsson did this, but it’s barely the same song…
Yellow Coat
Alligator Wine – Makes the jungle sounds in Stranded In The Jungle sound like Starbucks.
Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle - From the unlikeliest of cowboys.
Frenzy – Pretty much sums it up.
There’s Something Wrong With You – About as straightforward as it gets.

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