About the song

If you are a fan of rock and roll, you probably know the song “I Put A Spell On You” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. It’s a powerful and haunting rendition of a classic tune that was originally written and recorded by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins in 1956. But do you know the history behind this song and how it became a hit for CCR?

In this blog post, we will explore the origins and evolution of “I Put A Spell On You”, from its controversial debut by Hawkins to its successful cover by CCR. We will also look at some of the other artists who have interpreted this song in different genres and styles over the years.

Let’s start with the original version by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, who was a blues singer with a theatrical flair. He wrote “I Put A Spell On You” as a love ballad, but his producer got him drunk in the studio and encouraged him to scream and moan the lyrics instead. The result was a wild and shocking performance that was banned from most radio stations for being too “cannibalistic”. However, the song still sold over a million copies and became a cult classic.

Hawkins also adopted a spooky persona to go along with his song. He would wear a cape, rise from a coffin, wear tusks in his nose, and carry a skull named Henry on stage. He became known as “the black Vincent Price” and influenced many rock and roll artists with his macabre style.

One of those artists was John Fogerty, the lead singer and guitarist of Creedence Clearwater Revival. He was a fan of Hawkins and decided to cover “I Put A Spell On You” on CCR’s debut album in 1968. Fogerty’s vocal delivery was similar to Hawkins’, but he added more guitar distortion and a faster tempo to give the song a harder edge. CCR’s version was also more successful commercially, reaching #58 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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CCR’s cover of “I Put A Spell On You” is considered one of the best rock versions of the song, but it is not the only one. Many other artists have put their own spin on this song, such as Nina Simone, The Animals, Van Morrison, Annie Lennox, Marilyn Manson, and more. The song has also been used in movies, TV shows, commercials, and video games.

“I Put A Spell On You” is a song that has transcended its original genre and context, and has become a timeless expression of passion, obsession, and magic. It is a song that can be interpreted in many ways, but always with intensity and emotion.