"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
An accomplished boxer, Screamin' Jay was the middleweight champion of Alaska in 1949.
The Father of Rock and Roll.
The most popular Black rock and roll artist of the 1950s.
The singer-songwriter of "Why Do Fools Fall In Love."
Mixing gospel and the profane, he's rock & roll personified.
The term covers subgenres like hard bop and free jazz.
Black music finely crafted and packaged for the masses.
The sound of young America masterminded by Berry Gordy.
Combines rhythm & blues and gospel music styles.
Soul gets high.
Rock loses the roll but gains amplitude and attitude.