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Posts Tagged ‘Fuzztones’

Died On This Date (February 12, 2000) Screamin’ Jay Hawkins / Influential R&B Pioneer

Posted by themusicsover on February 12, 2010

Jalacy “Screamin’ Jay” Hawkins
July 18, 1929 – February 12, 2000

screamin-jay-hawkinsScreamin’ Jay Hawkins was a somewhat outrageous blues and rock ‘n roll singer and musician whose biggest hit, “I Put a Spell On You,” and spooky stage theatrics influenced the likes of Alice Cooper and Black Sabbath.  Even Bruce Springsteen has borrowed from Hawkins by coming out of a coffin to kick off his shows around Halloween.  After serving in WWII where he was reportedly captured and tortured, Hawkins came home to the U.S. where he became a middleweight boxing champ, and later, a recording artist.  In 1956, he released “I Put a Spell On You,” which went on to become a radio staple each year in October and has since been recorded or performed by the likes of  Creedance Clearwater Revival, Ray Charles, Iggy Pop, Marylin Manson, and more recently, She & Him (Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward).   In later years, Hawkins collaborated with Dread Zeppelin and the Fuzztones.  He’s also shared the stage with the Clash, the Rolling Stones and Fats Domino.  On February 12, 2000, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, age 70, died following surgery for an aneurysm.  It has been estimated that he left behind as many as 75 children to many different mothers.

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Died On This Date (January 12, 2010) Brian “Damage” Keats / Drummer For The Misfits

Posted by themusicsover on January 12, 2010

Brian Damage (Born Brian Keats)
February 11, 1963 – January 12, 2010

Brian Damage was a rock drummer who once played with Glenn Danzig in his band, the Misfits.  Prior to that, Damage played with Genocide and Verbal Abuse.  He joined the Misfits in 1983, but his first show ended up being the band’s farewell concert. And Damage didn’t even complete that show,  as reports indicate, he was so drunk that the other band members physically removed him from the stage mid-show and continued on with another drummer.  Following his brief tenure with the Misfits, Damage landed several studio and live gigs with many other artists.  That list includes Raging Slab, Princess Pang, Sylvain Sylvain, Low Pop Suicide, Susannah Hoffs, Billy Idol, and the Fuzztones.  Brian Damage died of cancer on January 12, 2010.  He was 46 years old.

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