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The Resurrection of Screamin' Jay Hawkins

Plus Screamin' Jay biographer Steve Bergsman
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531 N. 12th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19123

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PhilaMOCA pays tribute to rock ’n’ roll wild man Screamin’ Jay Hawkins with a bewitching evening of stories and song!

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First up, author Steve Bergsman will be in attendance to celebrate the release of his brand new biography I Put A Spell On You: The Bizarre Life Of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. He’ll read from his new book and take questions from the audience, books will be available for puchase/signing.

And making their Philadelphia debut, The Resurrection of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins will perform two full 45 minute sets of Screamin’ Jay classics! Led by Mike Armando, Hawkins’ original guitarist from the 1970s, The Resurrection strives to faithfully recreate the bizarre joy of Screamin’ Jay’s original performances.

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Screamin’ Jay Hawkins released "I Put a Spell On You" in 1956. The song, that never made it to the charts when it was released, would eventually be covered several hundred times by the likes of Nina Simone, Credence Clearwater Revival, and Marilyn Manson; Jeff Beck and Joss Stone’s version even received a Grammy nomination in 2010. It was selected as one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll and was added to Rolling Stones’ list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Hawkins’ music and outlandish onstage persona inspired generations of musicians after him. And yet, little is known of the man and little can be taken at face value. Hawkins interpreted his past with a poetic license to kill, a magical amalgam of his own making—creating disparate stories alternatively terrible or sympathetic at his will.

I Put A Spell On You brings together hundreds of interviews with Hawkins, his family, bandmates, and contemporaries. For those needing a towpath of truth, footnotes abound to tether you through. Here is Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’s story—mean, heartbreaking, and magic.

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