Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Screamin' Jay Hawkins

Screamin' Jay Hawkins

About Screamin' Jay Hawkins

Screamin' Jay Hawkins was a true wild man, even by first-generation rock & roll standards. A veritable musical witch doctor, he combined swampy blues, R&B punch, and rockabilly carousing, adding in his own fascination with voodoo, magic, and loopy exotica to create a stew all of his own. He was the originator of outrageous onstage theatrics, often rising out of a coffin onstage. A talent as mercurial as Jay's is never meant for constancy, but he inspired generations of rock & roll weirdos and appeared in Jim Jarmusch's 1989 film MYSTERY TRAIN before checking out of the mortal plane in 2000.

  • HOMETOWN
    Cleveland, OH
  • BORN
    July 18, 1929

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