For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of songs about magic. (Fitting for a fantasy author.)
I is for “I Put a Spell on You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. He intended it to be a blues Ballard and in 1955 recorded it as such. But that version was not released at the time. Instead, the version released in 1956 was recorded during a recording session where the participants got a little drunk. The resulting recording featured more screaming and grunting sounds. This version was banned from radio due to its outrageous style. The record still sold over a million copies, and while it was one of his most successful songs, it never reached the Billboard charts.
It has become a classic cult song covered by a variety of artists such as Creedence Clearwater Revival, Nina Simone, and Annie Lennox. It was also sung by Bette Midler in the film Hocus Pocus.
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Bette Midler’s Version from the movie Hocus Pocus
Previous A to Z Challenge Posts
A is for Abracadabra
B is for Black Magic Woman
C is for Could it be Magic
D is for Do you Believe in Magic
E is for Every Little Thing She Does is Magic
F is for Five Magics
H is for Honky Tonk Magic