Only a year before the manic I Put A Spell On You was released on an unsuspecting world, a pre-Screamin’ Screamin’ Jay Hawkins recorded this heavy whack of R&B for the Mercury Records subsidiary Wing. By this stage he’d already teamed up with arranger Leroy Kirkland, so the sinister, creeping beat that drove his signature song so deep into the collective imagination of the record buying public, also makes its presence felt on this 1955 recording.I Put A Spell On You is one of my all time favourite tunes, so it was a treat to be able to include Well, I Tried as the opening track on the Slow Grind Fever Vol. 4 compilation LP I put together for Stag-O-Lee Records. It’s also on the Slow Grind Fever Vol. 3 & 4 CD.