- Steve was contacted by Mike Armando who was in Screamin' Jays Hawkins band and guitarist in the 1970's.
- Steve started doing a little bit of research into Hawkins and found out how interesting a music artist he was.
- "I Put A Spell On You" brings together hundreds of interviews with Hawkins, his family, bandmates, and contemporaries.
People may ask why would a national known recognized financial and real estate writer be writing a book on Screamin’ Jay Hawkins? A good question? Steve Bergsman has written a number of books on music legends: The Death of Johnny Ace, The Friends of Billy Preston, The Seduction of Mary Wells and more.
His latest release is I Put A Spell On You: The Bizarre Life of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins published by Feral House. Bergsman has always had a love for music and always said these musical legends should never be forgotten and have a story to tell even after there passing.
Thankfully we have an author who cares and has the love for music and it’s history who believes these music legends should live on. So how did Steve decide to write a book on Screamin’ Jay Hawkins? Steve was contacted by Mike Armando who was in Screamin’ Jays Hawkins band and guitarist in the 1970’s. Mike suggested to Steve to write a book on Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.
Steve was very busy at the time with other books he was working on. Steve started doing a little bit of research into Hawkins and found out how interesting a music artist he was. Steve contacted Mike and told him he will do the book on Hawkins. Get me some contacts for interviews. Steve than interviewed Mike since he was in Hawkins band for three years.
I Put A Spell On You brings together hundreds of interviews with Hawkins, his family, bandmates, and contemporaries. Mike Armando was so excited about Bergsman taking on the task of writing a book on Screamin’ Jay Hawkins that he decided to put together a band, Resurrection of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins Band. Mike says the tribute band performs live shows taking you back in time to the music of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. This project is comprised of extremely talented and seasoned musicians.
Another reason this project is exciting: The band is not just performing the music of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins but creating a time machine of one of rock’s true wild men. A show you will surely remember for many years. The band just came off of there successful debut show August 24th at PhilaMOCA in Philadelphia to a almost sold out audience.
Mike says the bands star singer playing Screamin’ Jay Hawkins is TheRealShakar” Brumfield from NYC. Shakar is bringing down the house with his great singing talent. Bergsman’s book is inspiring a lot of people these days. Steve was at PhilaMOCA talking about his new book and taking Q&A at the end of his presentation. There were also books for sale. The way things are going with Steve’s new book release and Mike’s band maybe Steve’s book I Put A Spell On You: The Bizarre Life of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins is putting a spell on people it would seem with all of the excitement about this book and music project.
“Separating fact from fiction in telling the Screamin’ Jay Hawkins story is a laborious task. Prone to exaggeration and outright falsehoods, the often charming and funny, if also unpredictably violent and untrustworthy, Hawkins was hardly a reliable narrator of his own career and existence. A better choice for the job is veteran journalist and author Steve Bergsman exerts great effort in capturing the essence of the man and his character, respected journalist, writer and musician Eugene Robinson provides more insight into Hawkins’ musical impact and examines his place in black culture. It’s hard to imagine ever getting a more well-rounded look at such a confounding personality.” -Peter Lindblad, Elmore Magazine
I Put A Spell On You: The Bizarre Life of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – Steve Bergman
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins released “I Put a Spell On You” in 1956. The song, that never made it to the charts when it was released, would eventually be covered several hundred times by the likes of Nina Simone, Credence Clearwater Revival, and Marilyn Manson; Jeff Beck and Joss Stone’s version even received a Grammy nomination in 2010. It was selected as one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll and was added to Rolling Stones’ list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Hawkins’ music and outlandish onstage persona inspired generations of musicians after him. And yet, little is known of the man and little can be taken at face value. Hawkins interpreted his past with a poetic license to kill, a magical amalgam of his own making–creating disparate stories alternatively terrible or sympathetic at his will. I Put A Spell On You brings together hundreds of interviews with Hawkins, his family, bandmates, and contemporaries.