Screamin' Jay Hawkins/Biography
Screamin' Jay Hawkins inspired a flock of other madmen like Screaming Lord Sutch, Arthur Brown, Dr. John, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, George Clinton, Warren Zevon, and Marilyn Manson, among many others.
- Screamin' J Robbins seems to know a lot about Hawkins and during a conversation at Pachyderm Studios he told me about the time he actually saw the man play live in DC. Apparently Hawkins was not touring with a band, but rather alone in a car and then he would have the venue provide a backing band for him. I'm not sure if he required the club to furnish a coffin for him to arise from as he was known to do back in the day... but I do know that the band was so unfamiliar with Hawkins' songs, that Screaming Jay actually had to scream out the notes for them during the song! J said it was awful and completely embarrassing. Can you imagine. "I put a spell on you... G SHARP! ... because you're mine... B FLAT! ...stop the things you do... A MINOR SEVENTH DIMINISHED!"