Curt and Rod Presents – Blues Monday   2 comments

Creedence Clearwater Revival  

I Put A Spell On You

I Put a Spell on You” is a 1956 song written by Jay Hawkins, whose recording was selected as one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. It was also ranked No. 313 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Hawkins had originally intended to record “I Put a Spell on You” as “a refined love song, a blues ballad.” However, theproducer “brought in ribs and chicken and got everybody drunk, and we came out with this weird version… I don’t even remember making the record. Before, I was just a normal blues singer. I was just Jay Hawkins. It all sort of just fell in place. I found out I could do more destroying a song and screaming it to death.”

Hawkins first recorded “I Put a Spell on You” during his stint with Grand Records in late 1955. However, that first version was not released at the time (it has since been reissued on Hawkins’ UK Rev-Ola CD The Whamee 1953-55). The following year, in 1956, Hawkins re-recorded his song for Okeh Records, and is the version best associated with Hawkins.



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  1. Killer song. I dig Buddy Guy’s version from 2008 too.

    • That sounds much more like the Screamin Jay version. Guitar work is reminiscent of Carlos Santana. I wore out two Lp’s of CCR when I was a kid. I think the needle wore right thru at the song Susie Q.

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