Wednesday, May 7, 2008

"Screamin' Jay Hawkins - The Night and Day of Screamin' Jay Hawkins -1965 US":

Jalacy Hawkins, best known as Screamin' Jay Hawkins (July 18, 1929 – February 12, 2000) was an African-American singer.Famed chiefly for his powerful, operatic vocal delivery & wildly theatrical performances of songs such as "I Put a Spell on You" and "Constipation Blues," Hawkins sometimes used macabre props onstage, making him perhaps the first shock rocker.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Hawkins originally set out to become an opera singer, and has regularly cited Paul Robeson as his idol. When his initial ambitions failed, he began his career as a conventional blues singer and pianist.
He served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Ocean during World War II, primarily as an entertainer, although he claimed to have been a POW. Hawkins was an avid and formidable boxer in 1949, he was the middleweight boxing champion of Alaska.
In 1951, he joined guitarist Tiny Grimes for a while and recorded a few songs with him. When Hawkins became a solo performer, he often performed in a very stylish wardrobe, featuring leopard skins, red leather and wild hats.
S.J.Hawkins died on February 12, 2000 in Paris, France after surgery to treat an aneurysm. He left behind many children by many women, about 55 were known (or suspected)!!!


FEBRUARY said...

ουάου! Μπράβο για το post. Τον έψαχνα αυτό τον δίσκο. Εχετε δει το ντοκιμαντέρ του Τριανταφυλλίδη για τον Hawkins?

hippy-djkit-dj fanis said...

Nαι και ευτυχως προλαβα και τον ειδα LIVE στο Ροδον.

teclas pretas said...

well, don't know what you guys are talkin' about, but i shure agree!!! i love screamin' jay...nice post, thanx!

GLAUBER [brazil]

Travis said...

a true god amongst men...

Dr. Lovecraft said...

Thank you, I didn't know this album existed!