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From his Debut Album: Screaming Jay Jawkins – Yellow Coat

From his Debut Album: Screaming Jay Jawkins – Yellow Coat

In 1958 musician and actor Screamin’ Jay Hawkins released his debut album At Home With Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, an innovative album and remarkable for his style. Jay is known for his theatrical and operatic performances. In some way, he was a shock rocker, but above all a creative performer.

I Put a Spell On You and Yellow Coat

“I Put A Spell On You” was the absolute top hit of this album, which is partly because of the successful cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival.   But Yellow Coat is my personal favorite! It is a song with a Christmas kind of intro and a bluesy rhythm. You really will like screams and rhythmic vocals of Screamin’ Jay and on top the saxophone melodies which create an atmosphere that fits a good old’ fifties party excellent.

Actor and Musician

“I Put a Spell On You” became a hit, which gave Screamin’ Jay Hawkins a license to record more of his slightly oddball operatic music, resulting in his first album At Home With Screamin’ Jay Hawkins in 1958. In his career, Screaming Jay Hawkins released 14 studio albums and performed in 7 movies, mostly as himself.

By Jean-Luc Ourlin (Screaming Jay Hawkins) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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