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I Put A Spell On You

I Put A Spell On You

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Instead, he joined the Special Services, the people who put on shows for the rest of the military, and learned the saxophone. However, that version was not released at the time (it has since been reissued on Hawkins’ UK compilation The Whamee 1953–55).

The singer leaned fully into the theatrics of “I Put a Spell on You,” as live performances show him with bones sticking out of his nose to look like horns, dressed in a lavish outfit while holding a skull as he wails the song. The record sounds great overall, but I have to agree with the others noting popping and cracking (loud enough to be distracting as there are a lot of quiter parts to the album). For whatever reason, it resonates with us – it could be the melody, it could be the lyrics, or it could just be an act of jumping on the ‘song cover’ bandwagon.Freed suggested a gimmick to capitalize on the "demented" sound of "I Put a Spell on You": Hawkins wore a long cape, and appeared onstage by rising out of a coffin in the midst of smoke and fog. This was the first I heard this song and this version is one of my all-time favorite tracks by any artist.

Jones (2) Boots Randolph (1) Boz Burrell (1) Brenda Lee (1) Brian Auger (2) Brian Bennett (3) Brian Epstein (6) Brian Jones (6) Brian Wilson (10) Brill Building (14) British rock (18) Bruce Botnick (3) Bruce Johnston (8) Bruce Springsteen (2) Brunswick Records (4) Bryan Maclean (4) Buchanan and Goodman (3) Buck Owens (2) Buck Ram (3) Buddy Holly (9) Buffalo Springfield (4) Bumps Blackwell (7) Burt Bacharach (3) Buzz Cason (2) C. Appearing on the song are Chrissie Hynde, Nick Cave, Johnny Depp, Bobby Gillespie, Glen Matlock, Paloma Faith and Eliza Doolittle. Hawkins’ version of “I Put a Spell on You” has been named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.While it is not one of the more popular covers of Hawkins’ original, Natacha Atlas’ cover of ‘I Put a Spell on You’ was unique all the same. Though it failed to chart for Hawkins, “I Put a Spell on You” has been covered by a wide variety of artists over the past 60 years. Hawkins was recording for Grand Records at the time, and had a hard time convincing them to release this.

I only noticed while doing the final edit for this episode that I used the words “legitimate” and “illegitimate” to describe children, and that this usage could quite possibly be considered offensive, something I hadn’t realised when writing or recording it.According to Army records, he joined the army in December 1945 and was honourably discharged in 1952. Beginning with a shocking drum piece and John Fogerty’s rugged vocals, the cover was similar yet different in various aspect from the original song. Medley looks back on "Unchained Melody" and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" - his huge hits from the '60s that were later revived in movies. Instead, he learned his trade as a musician in the armed forces, where he was not, in fact, sent into Japan in a combat role aged fourteen. In truth, though, it’s not that different from a record like “(She Put the) Wamee (On Me)”, and it seems more than likely that this is yet more of Hawkins’ exaggeration.



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