SCREAMIN’ JAY HAWKINS – 1929-2000

The legendary voodoo bluesman dies aged 70...

SCREAMIN’ JAY HAWKINS, the original shock-rocker, died in a French hospital last week (February 12) after an operation for intestine surgery. He was 70.

Born Jalacy Hawkins in Cleveland, USA, the early rock’n’roll, rhythm and blues singer influenced bands like Kiss, Alice Cooper, Screaming Lord Sutch and The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown with his goulish face paint, flaming skull sidekick – known as Henry, and the way he often turned up on stage in a coffin.

Legend has it his songs were inspired by voodoo – his most famous hit being ‘I Put A Spell On You’, which was later covered by Creedence Clearwater Revival. As well as his singing career, Hawkins appeared in movies like ‘Rage In Harlem‘ and Jim Jarmusch’sMystery Train‘.