Screamin' Jay Hawkins

Screamin' Jay Hawkins

"The Gothfather": pioneer of theatrical shock rock.

Founded

July 18, 1929 in Cleveland, Ohio

Full Name

Jalacy Hawkins

Date of Birth

July 18, 1929 in Cleveland, Ohio

Still Alive

Date of Death

February 12, 2000 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

Influenced By

Enrico Caruso, Paul Robeson, Elmore James, Lightnin' Hopkins, H-Bomb Ferguson

Later Influenced

Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, Black Sabbath, Rob Zombie, Glenn Danzig

Screamin' Jay Hawkins in the 1991 film "A Rage In Harlem"
Screamin' Jay Hawkins in the 1991 film "A Rage In Harlem"

About The artist

"Screamin' Jay Hawkins was the most outrageous performer extant during rock's dawn. Prone to emerging out of coffins on-stage, a flaming skull named Henry his constant companion, Screamin' Jay was an insanely theatrical figure long before it was even remotely acceptable."

Bill Dahl for Allmusic.com

Did you know...

An accomplished boxer, Screamin' Jay was the middleweight champion of Alaska in 1949.

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