Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Eligible since: 1982 (The 1983 Induction Ceremony)
Previously Considered? No what's this?
Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1992 (ranked #12 in the Influences - Rock Era category) .
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come on!! This guy INVENTED theatrical rock & roll. A true pioneer - the 1st R&R artist to indulge in macabre imagery. Alice Cooper? Marilyn Manson? Rob Zombie? They all followed in in Jay's footsteps. Not mention Kiss... even Bowie. Any rock artist who has ever used props on stage - or who has ever blown off a flashpot owes a serious debt to this tru original!! VOTE JAY IN !!!
Posted by Joe Pasko on Wednesday, 03.12.08 @ 16:57pm
...without a doubt.
Posted by River on Friday, 03.14.08 @ 13:57pm
Without Screamin Jay there would be no shock rock no Alice Cooper Kiss Black Sabbath ect. Screamin Jay has been given the shaft in Rock n Roll history. For what he has influenced there is little to nothing about his contributions. He was way over the top & too shocking back then. Lock up your kids! The time is now to remedy this
Posted by Bob Anthony on Saturday, 03.15.08 @ 18:46pm
Screamin Jay Hawkins created shock rock. My dad used to tour with him. One of the concerts Screamin' Jay Hawkins opened for was the Rolling Stones at Madison Square Garden in 1981 (yeah, my dad met Mick Jagger). Anyway, Mick said that Screamin' Jay Hawkins was one of this biggest influences. He should be in the Hall of Fame already, I can't wait until that day.
Posted by John Blattner on Sunday, 09.7.08 @ 17:00pm
John Blattner...not much of an argument here. He definitely was an influence to shock and theatrical rock performance.
Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 09.7.08 @ 18:29pm
Screamin' Jay Hawkins real blues man not a fake!
Posted by bluesboy on Saturday, 11.1.08 @ 14:56pm
He is the blues seems folks now a days Like it loud . That ain't blues that is what we call river run off mud..Why I take thaT OLD TRAIN COMIN DOWN THE LINE AT 9 AS MORE REAL THAN TODAYS BLUES..
Posted by oldmanriver on Wednesday, 11.26.08 @ 16:45pm
You can't deny the influence of "I Put a Spell on You" or "Constipation Blues" they're wouldn't be any Alice Cooper or David Bowie without Jay. He was 20 years ahead of his time. Listen to his music and try to say that anything sounded like that in 1957!
Posted by Rolf on Friday, 12.19.08 @ 10:17am
You're right Rolf. The guy should have been inducted quite some time ago.
Posted by Keebord on Friday, 12.19.08 @ 10:20am
He was a wild character for sure. And actually had a great baritone voice. Was he a pioneer for "shock rock" as somebody above said? Some might say he was pure schlock??? I doubt if ole Screamin Jay could get consideration for R&RHOF at this point, but he is one for the books.
Posted by Bubble on Friday, 12.19.08 @ 13:07pm
He'll never get in, but he was one of the first to put shock value and comedic relief into rock 'n' roll.
Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 08.12.09 @ 11:03am
Posted by L-7 on Thursday, 03.4.10 @ 21:11pm
really, can anybody be any cooler than him?
Posted by D.K. on Thursday, 03.25.10 @ 14:02pm
Original theatrical/shock rock right here. His music as aged well (at least IMO). Amazing to think "I Put a Spell on You" came out in '56
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Saturday, 06.12.10 @ 08:13am
"Has" not "as"
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Saturday, 06.12.10 @ 08:13am
I hate his music but I can't deny that it has been a huge influence... Though i'm pretty sure that he wasn't the maain influence of Bowie and Sabbath as some have said.
Posted by GFW on Friday, 08.13.10 @ 14:21pm
"I hate his music" - GFW
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 08.13.10 @ 14:35pm
I listened to " I Put A Spell On You" and he just sounded like a bit of a prat.
Posted by GFW on Tuesday, 10.19.10 @ 13:56pm
Anyone that has 75 kids and can write an iconic masterpiece like "I Put A Spell On You" is a legend.
Posted by SSR on Wednesday, 12.1.10 @ 19:10pm
He'd certainly go in a hall for most offspring, 75 kids is a lot for anyone.
Posted by GFW on Sunday, 06.5.11 @ 10:48am
this guys character and music most deffinitly should earn him a spot in the hall of fame!
Posted by Andy on Saturday, 07.30.11 @ 12:00pm
I'd put him in the early influence category. He only had one hit, but his theatrical persona set the standard for shock rock and live entertainment.
Posted by SSR on Friday, 09.30.11 @ 00:04am
Absolutely essential Early Influence. Can't understand that he isn't inducted yet.
Posted by Robert on Tuesday, 11.15.11 @ 10:15am
Screamin' Jay Hawkins is a definite no brainer. Come on, this is the guy who gave birth to shock rock and introduced horror theatrics to rock 'n' roll. You could arguably say that Hawkins predated glam rock as well, considering the wild costumes and props he utilized in his performances.
Posted by Zach on Sunday, 02.12.12 @ 11:41am
Screamin' Jay Hawkins was the godfather of shock rock (not a sub-genre, but rather a style that encompasses several forms of music). Screaming Lord Sutch, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Alice Cooper, KISS, Marilyn Manson, and so many others owe Hawkins a major debt. He was the first to incorporate macabre props into his performances, such as skulls (both the tusks he wore on his nose and the skull he carried on his cane), dark capes, rubber snakes and spiders, and coffins. I Put A Spell on You has been covered by countless artists (i.e. Creedence Clearwater Revival, Marilyn Manson Nina Simone, Bette Midler) but none could match the eerie, baritone voice of Mr. Hawkins.
Posted by Zach on Monday, 03.26.12 @ 18:02pm
Gosh by golly he should be in years ago!
Posted by Happy on Tuesday, 05.15.12 @ 00:30am
sorry for the mis -spell!
Posted by Happy on Tuesday, 05.15.12 @ 00:33am
Screamin' Jay Hawkins didn't make it in? And he's been eligible the whole time that the Hall has existed. Without him, no shock rock.
Posted by Mr.Stone on Monday, 05.27.13 @ 17:02pm
He help popularize screaming for the whole rock and roll genre. Without Screamin' Jay Hawkins' scream, you wouldn't have Ian Gillan, Robert Plant, Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson, Ronnie James Dio, Mick Jagger, Steven Tyler, and a majority of hard rock, metal, and even pop singers like Michael Jackson scream in the music we love now.
Posted by DioPhan on Wednesday, 10.21.15 @ 22:42pm
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