Bonnie Tyler, “I Put a Spell on You”

Here’s another post of mine from Larry Haley’s The Bop Shop.

By the late 90s the days of mega-hits like “It’s a Heartache” and “Total Eclipse of the Heart” were in the past for Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler, but she continued (and continues) to release some fine music. I especially like her 1998 album, “All In One Voice”, which features this heart-wrenching version of “I Put a Spell on You” (recorded earlier that year for Mike Batt’s “Philharmania”). Pretty sure it’s Chris Spedding on guitar.

She’s not trying to out-scream Jay Hawkins (who could?); rather she uses her signature rasp to keep things just below the boiling point. Whereas Jay Hawkins’ “spell” sounds like a threat, Bonnie Tyler’s feels like it comes from a place of despair.

play Bonnie Tyler’s “I Put a Spell on You” (1998) on YouTube