This article is actually about one song. Not that screaming jay Hawkins didn’t have more than one song, of course he did, but they were just songs. This one? A monument. A mountain of blues towering over the clouds. A mountain every blues singer has to climb in their road to respectability. A baptism of fire.
And it is the best song for singer and guitar combo, so the result is always a double whammy of talent, taking it to a double coach ride , each couple in its own direction.
Nina Simon, Koko Taylor, Mica Paris and David Gilmour, Joss Stone and Jeff Beck, just to name a few…
I put a spell on you is such a strong song, such a powerful trip that it can be played over and over and over again, without ever becoming a cliché , without losing its edge. And if THAT is not magic, I don’t know what is.