Cleveland is known locally as the birthplace of rock and roll, a title tied to the city after disc jockey Alan Freed first attached “rock and roll” to the genre he liked to play on radio station WJW Cleveland. However, the town has made music history in a number of other ways, from raising some of the era’s finest musicians to crafting songs that remain popular to this very day. Today, we’re going to take a look at the latter… and we’re going to examine one of the most powerful songs ever written in Cleveland. It’s not just powerful… it’s magical… it’s bewitching… it’s haunting… That’s right, we’re going to take a moment to learn about how the writer of “I Put a Spell on You” was born in Cleveland.

So there you have it… the mastermind behindI Put a Spell on You” was born in Cleveland, where he cemented a legacy as a legendary music icon. Did you ever see Hawkins perform live? What is your favorite cover of this song? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Alan Freed, the DJ mentioned in the article, is actually buried here in Cleveland. Learn about other famous Clevelanders that are buried locally to keep the spooky vibes going.

OnlyInYourState may earn compensation through affiliate links in this article.