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I Put a Spell on You
1949 Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Slotkin
Jay cut the original (ballad) version of "I Put a Spell on You," the first disc to bear the artist credit Screamin' Jay Hawkins, for Grand Records in 1949. The single started in Philly and Trenton, spread to Baltimore, the fizzled. While the dates are disputed (Jay claims it was 1952; label records say it was September 1956), the magic didn't start until Jay's first Epic (OKeh) session.
--Gene Sculatti, liner notes of the Screamin' J. Hawkins CD Cow Fingers and Mosquito Pie

After Nina Simone covered "I Put A Spell On You", Jay wrote "Poor Folks"/"Your Kind Of Love" for her in 1965. She refused to record them, and Jay was left to do so himself in typically macabre fashion.
--The Rough Guide To Rock"

He [Paul McCartney] and I were staying somewhere and he walked in and hummed the first few bars [of "Michelle"] with the words, and he says, 'Where do I go from here?' I had been listening to Nina Simone - I think it was "I Put a Spell on You". There was a line in it that went: 'I love you, I love you.' That's what made me think of the middle eight for Michelle: 'I love you, I love you, I l-o-ove you.'
--John Lennon

Recording sessions
1965 January: New York sax solo by Jerome Richardson
I put a spell on you
Cos you're mine
You'd better stop the things you do
I ain't lying no I ain't lying

You know I can't stand it
Your running around
You know better daddy I can't stand it
Cos you put me down yeah yeah

I put a spell on you
Because you're mine you're mine
Oh yeah I love you I love you
I love you I love you anyhow

And I don't care if you don't want me
I'm yours right now oh you hear me
I put a spell on you
Because you're mine

(Lyrics transcription by Roger Nupie)
 
 
1965 July 24-25: Antibes (FR) 6th Jazz á Juan Festival
 
1968 June: London (UK) Granada TV
2008 [3:30] DVD 10 Live in '65 & '68 Reelin' in the Years 2.119014 (US)
 
 
1990 April 10: Paris (FR) Olympia
 
1990 July 13: Montreux (CH) 24th Jazz Festival
1990 [4:18] CD 8 Madame Nina Simone TS RRC 019 (NL)
 
 
1992 June 4: Reykjavik (IS) Háskólabíó Arts Festival
 
1992 July 2: Montreal (CA) International Jazz Festival
 
Unknown recording session
1966 EP 3 Ne Me Quitte Pas Philips 452.045 (FR)