You’re Mine

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins had his biggest hit involving record sales with this 1956 song, ‘I Put A Spell On You’ and it was listed as #313 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time and it also was selected as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, however it failed to make the Billboard pop or R&B charts.  Hawkins started out intending to record a refined love song, lamenting the loss of a girlfriend that he wanted back, but the producer (Arnold Maxin) brought in ribs and chicken and everybody got drunk, and they came out with this weird version where Jay was grunting and howling throughout the recording.  The producers wanted a “weird” sounding record, so they gave the musicians lots of food and liquor and created a party atmosphere at the session.  Hawkins was unable to remember the session because he had blacked out.  The notorious screaming version was banned from most radio programming for its outrageous ‘cannibalistic’ style.  Hawkins died in February 2000 and was rumored to have at least 50 children.

The song caught the attention of syndicated disc jockey Alan Freed, who established it as a mainstay in his rotation.  Up to this time, Hawkins had been a blues performer; emotional, but not wild.  Freed  was impressed with this new “demented” style, Freed arranged a meeting with Hawkins and suggested a gimmick to capitalize on the primitive sound of ‘I Put A Spell On You’.  After that meeting, Hawkins became Screamin’ Jay creating a bizarre stage show around this appearing on stage wearing a long cape.  He would come out in a flaming coffin in the midst of smoke and fog, and glare at the audience with his wide-open eyes while wielding a skull on a stick that he named “Henry” that smoked a cigarette.  He began to use voodoo props wearing bone tusks through his nose.  The act was a sensation, later bolstered by on-stage snakes and fireworks, and, ultimately, Hawkins transformed himself into “the black Vincent Price”.  This theatrical act was one of the first shock rock performances making him a world sensation.

I put a spell on you
Because you’re mine
Stop the things you do
Watch out
I ain’t lyin’

Yeah, I can’t stand
No runnin’ around
I can’t stand
No put me down
I put a spell on you
Because you’re mine, ohh yeah

Stop the things you do
Watch out
I ain’t lyin’

Ohh, oh

I love you
I love you
I love you, anyhow
I don’t care if you don’t want me
I’m yours right now
I put a spell on you
Because you’re mine

Ohh, oh, whoa, ooh, ah

Written for Linda G. Hill’s ‘Life in progress’ JusJoJan January prompt of spell.

4 thoughts on “You’re Mine

  1. Great info and that was a good idea getting everyone wasted…musicians would like that session.
    For the longest time I got him and Ronnie Hawkins mixed up.

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