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I Put A Spell On You

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It was also included in Robert Christgau's "Basic Record Library" of 1950s and 1960s recordings—published in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981) [5]—and ranked No. The strings and brass seamlessly blend into the sonic landscape, creating an orchestral grandeur that bathes the songs in a majestic light.

Also, "I Put a Spell on You" was used at the end of a The Simpsons episode in which Krusty the Clown make a new sandwhich for his fastfood chain which is both addictive and psychedelic. The record sounds great overall, but I have to agree with the others noting popping and cracking (loud enough to be distracting as there are a lot of quiter parts to the album). Hawkins had originally intended to record "I Put a Spell on You" as "a refined love song, a blues ballad". However, that version was not released at the time (it has since been reissued on Hawkins' UK Rev-Ola CD The Whamee 1953–55).He was, depending on which version of the story you believe, the youngest of four or seven children, all from different fathers, and he, unlike his older siblings, was fostered from an early age. Jay Leno and Fran Drescher also appear in early movie roles, and Tim McIntire is superb as Alan Freed. Jesse Cook—This one has some very cool guitar work at the top that hints at a flamenco guitar sound, and Jesse’s voice is so smooth and lovely. Richie Unterberger of AllMusic considered it "brilliant", [44] while also comparing it to previous material by the Animals, ending on the notion that it is "bluesy". Lennox’s cover of the song was featured in the 2015 film Fifty Shades of Grey and her sultry vocals fit in there perfectly.

During Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom, a pop version of the song can be heard during exit of the HalloWishes fireworks show. It not only provides an excellent rendition of Nina Simone’s timeless music but also establishes a connection between the listeners and the artist in a way that’s hard to put into words. But when he was booked as the headline act on a Christmas show Freed put together in 1956, Freed surprised him by telling him he’d had a great idea for the show — he’d got hold of a coffin, and Hawkins could start his performance by rising out of the coffin like a vampire or zombie. A singer dressed in a skeleton costume is singing the original song, and when Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy enter the party, She later takes over the stage and performs her version. Hocus Pocus and Fifty Shades of Grey are among the wide-ranging films “I Put a Spell on You” has appeared in.Robert from Bloomington, InNatacha Atlas, a Tunisian-Belgian singer popular in Europe, recorded a wonderful middle-eastern sounding version in 2001 using rai-style percussion, synth and Tunisian backpipe.

This was palpable in her version of ‘I Put a Spell on You’ which departed from Hawkins’ original version and harped more upon Simone’s jazz influence. And just in case you don’t want to sit through nearly two hours’ worth of the same song, don’t worry – I already did it for you. An edited version was later released omitting the grunts and moans from the ending of the song but, regardless, the ban generally remained. OKeh actually edited the single shortly after release, to get rid of some of the grunts at the end, which people variously described as “orgiastic” and “cannibalistic”, but it didn’t make the record any more palatable to the professionally outraged. The tour wasn’t a commercial success, but it built Hawkins’ reputation in Britain to the point that it seemed like *every* beat group wanted to record “I Put a Spell on You”.I was fed up with people looking around for "commercial" sounds for me month after month, and I decided to do "I Put A Spell On You". Since then, many artists have covered it, and I’ve rounded up some of my favorites in this playlist. It fared similarly well on the other British charts, reaching number 12 in Melody Maker, New Musical Express and Disc.

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