Creedence Clearwater Revival – “I Put A Spell On You” Live
I Said, “Watch Out!”
“I Put a Spell on You” was written and originally recorded by famed American rhythm and blues musician Jay Hawkins. Not only did he perform this with an operatic vocal delivery but he would also put up a wildly theatrical show which he’s known for. He’s also considered as a pioneer in shock rock because of his use of macabre props during his performances.
- Included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll
- Ranked at number 313 in “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” by the Rolling Stone magazine
Hawkins had originally intended to record “I Put a Spell on You” as “a refined love song, a blues ballad.” However, the producer “brought in ribs and chicken and got everybody drunk, and we came out with this weird version… I don’t even remember making the record. Before, I was just a normal blues singer. I was just Jay Hawkins. It all sort of just fell in place. I found out I could do more destroying a song and screaming it to death.”
There were several cover versions recorded but Creedence Clearwater Revival made theirs a stand-out. Not only did it peak at number 58 in the 1968 U.S. Hot 100 but they also included it in their song list during their performance at the Woodstock Festival in 1969.
CCR clearly put a spell on me with this one! Love their version!