Today’s Music to keep me SAne in Isolation – Screaming Jay Hawkins

Screaming Jay was famous for developing his act as a Wild Man. He used to leap out of a coffin with big headdresses and skulls, sticks and feathers, bones and paint. The first person to do such a thing.

His other claim to fame was to have produced the first version of I’ll Put A Spell On You. His version was reputed to have sold a million copies but didn’t make the charts and wasn’t played on radio because it was considered too primitive and vulgar! Incredible for the mid-fifties.

My sort of man!

So today I’ll play some Screamin’ Jay!!


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