Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – …What That Is!

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins is so damn good, it seems strange when people focus on his one mega hit when his 1969 album “…What That Is!” is loaded with 12 incredible, lesser-known songs.

To me, Screamin’ Jay isn’t a novelty to be trotted out for your Halloween playlist. His songs are for every day. They run deep. They move you. They’re sexy, they’re funny–who could ask for more?

Besides being a wild stage performer, Screamin’ Jay was an immensely talented musician. He studied classical piano and originally set his sights on being an opera singer, which is evident in the insane (in a good way) theatrics he brought to all of his songs.

Listen to Screamin’ Jay today. Let him take you away.



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Dacia lives in Austin, Texas, where she writes, drinks & listens to records.

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