Covers: I Put a Spell on You

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

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins live  read the comments by Mike Armando!

Nina Simone

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Annie Lennox

 

Covers: Hooked on a Feeling

“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

Jonathan King

Blue Swede