10/31/19 – Creedence Clearwater Revival “I Put A Spell On You”

This song always pops into my head at Halloween. Usually when people start talking about Halloween. It’s just one of those songs that sounds evil. Actually, it was even more evil when it done originally by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. His version recorded back in the 50’s even made it onto Rolling Stone magazine’s list of THE 500 GREATEST ROCK AND ROLL SONGS, reportedl  y for its influence on other artists, and on rock and roll itself. It’s sort of a “no boundaries” type of tune. Anything goes in rock and roll, right?

“I Put A Spell On You” has been covered by a variety of artists, but the best-known is probably the one by Nina Simone. Others have aced it, too: Annie Lennox, for one. Bette Midler also recorded a version of it for the Halloween movie, “Hocus Pocus.” The best version, by far, is the one by Creedence Clearwater Revival. John Fogerty’s brilliant guitar solo, along with that dark, swampy, Cajun sound of CCR fits the song perfectly. So does Fogerty’s vocal delivery. You know, everybody used to think Creedence was from Louisiana, but no…they were from Califonia. (They just sounded like they were from NOLA.) This video actual has footage of CCR performing at night on stage at Woodstock, synched up to the original studio recording. The fact that it was dark makes it an even better Halloween song! In my opinion, the only other Creedence song that matches this one for intensity is their marathon version of “Suzie Q.”

In this song, Fogerty’s vocal sounds really angry and dangerous. I think it’s great, and far better than any other version out there! Check it out for yourself! It’s today’s edition of *THE MUSIC IN MY HEAD.*