Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
from the album “At Home With Screamin’ Jay Hawkins” 1958
from the album “I Put A Spell On You” 1965
from the album “Them Again” January 21, 1966
from the album “Animalisms” June 1966
Creedence Clearwater Revival
from their debut album “Creedence Clearwater Revival” July 5, 1968
from the album “The Crazy World of Arthur Brown” September 1968
There are historic and world-class vocalists fronting these Album Track Gems but 00individual has to say that his personal favorite needed the voice of a madman to take this song to its ultimate interpretation.
And while Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ first-on-the-scene Rock ‘n’ Roll stage theatrics spawned a genre, it was Arthur Brown’s near operatic histrionics that takes it to the level of insanity.
He can barely contain himself due to the, well, craziness of this emotional love song of the obsession for possession of a person.
You can hear his pleas of sadness and anger as he’s forced to use Black Magic . . . but even with his heart-rending pleading it is too late, . . . because the title is in the past tense.
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