Screamin Jay Hawkins, singer
birth name: Jalacy Hawkins

Screamin' Jay Hawkins

July 18, 1929, Cleveland, OH ~ February 12, 2000, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

Fifties wild man Screamin' Jay Hawkins was a precursor to some of the more exotic rock and roll acts of the later part of the century. Hawkins, with his special combination of what critics unanimously called “shock and schlock” simultaneously entertained, bewildered, and bemused rock and roll fans with voodoo-evoking images of death, shrunken heads, and bone-rattling sound effects. Bigger than life, Hawkins attained legendary stature, learning to play piano and read music as a toddler, and ultimately studying opera in emulation of his idols Paul Robeson and Enrico Caruso. Ultimately Hawkins found his career niche in 1950s rock and roll where with his classically trained bass-baritone singing voice, he conjured up ghoulish images on stage and on record. ~ Musicianguide: Screamin' Jay Hawkins ~ retrieved April 19, 2014 © Musicianguide

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