Friday Shock Song: Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

Screamin’ Jay first penned this classic song way back in 1956, a massive popular blues hit that led to his onstage spooky persona and a whole new career (he had intended to be an opera singer). Jim Jarmusch brought him to hipster notice by putting him in his best film, MYSTERY TRAIN (1989) and Hawkins went on to tour with bands like The Fuzztones, covering songs by Tom Waits and others while still keeping up his voodoo stage theatrics. I had the pleasure of seeing this legendary spectral unclassifiable figure in a Paris niteclub a few months before he passed onto his next realm, and I have no doubt he could pop up anytime…

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4 Responses to “Friday Shock Song: Screamin’ Jay Hawkins”

  1. DakotaRules Says:

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  2. Have you ever seent he doc. on Screamin’ Jay? It is quite good and his comments on working with Jarmusch are hilarious.

    • No, didn’t even know there was a doc! Must see. I stood about six feet from him as he banged away at the piano, skulls and bones rattling the chic Parisian hipsters doing “Constipation Blues.” A great memory.

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