The original version of “I Put a Spell on You” was by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins in 1956. “Hawkins wore a long cape, and appeared onstage by rising out of a coffin in the midst of smoke and fog. The act was a sensation, later bolstered by tusks worn in Hawkins’ nose, on-stage snakes and fireworks, and a cigarette-smoking skull named “Henry”. ”
There are covers by a variety of artists including Nina Simone (1965), Creedence Clearwater Revival (1968) and Annie Lennox (2014).
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
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Creedence Clearwater Revival
The most famous version of “Sloop John B” is by the Beach Boys from 1966. Earlier versions were by the Kingston Trio (1958) and Dick Dale (1962).
The song is based on a Bahamian folk song “The John B Sails”
The Beach Boys
“The Letter” was a big hit for the Box Tops in 1967. The best-know cover was by Joe Cocker (1970).
The Box Tops
The original version of “I Am Not Willing” was by Moby Grape (1969). Wilco covered it in the late 1990s. It was originally on an European CD single.
“Hooked on a Feeling” was written by Mark James who also wrote “Suspicious Minds”. The original version was by B. J. Thomas in 1968. There is a weird well-known cover by the Swedish group Blue Swede from 1974. It was similar to Jonathan King’s 1971 version. The Blue Swede version is the films Reservoir Dogs and Guardians of the Galaxy.
B. J. Thomas
“You Win Again” was a Hank Williams song from 1952. There are may cover versions – the Grateful Dead (1972). Only the Dead could give it a beat you could dance to. Keith Richards covered it in 2001. Keith sounds like it’s 4 am and he’s been out drinking all night.