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Album Review

Still crazy after all these years, included is a rap, "Spell." ~ Mark A. Humphrey, Rovi

Customer Reviews


nuff said I love this guy "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby" is a classic tune!

Tom Lindy

This is a hidden classic with elements of genius. Outrageous voice, lyrics, and staging. Screamin Jay forever!


Born: July 18, 1929 in Cleveland, OH

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Screamin' Jay Hawkins was the most outrageous performer extant during rock's dawn. Prone to emerging out of coffins on-stage, a flaming skull named Henry his constant companion, Screamin' Jay was an insanely theatrical figure long before it was even remotely acceptable. Hawkins' life story is almost as bizarre as his on-stage schtick. Originally inspired by the booming baritone of Paul Robeson, Hawkins was unable to break through as an opera singer. His boxing prowess was every bit as lethal as...
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