I Put A Spell On You: The Bizarre Life of Screamin' Jay Hawkins | Steve Bergsman
Screamin' Jay Hawkins was larger than life as he emerged from a coffin with a skull on a stick singing " Put A Spell On You." (one of 500 songs in the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame cited as shaping rock 'n' roll). With one song, Screamin' Jay, who studied piano and sang opera, became the embodiment of the sexually insatiable, voodoo-empowered, black man feared by 1950s America. Caught between self-created myth and a nearly unbelievable truth, which story is better?
Bergsman's biography of the outlandish Hawkins brings together hundreds of interviews with the great man himself, as well as his family and bandmates.