Part 2 of my Top 10 Halloween songs, this list features some fabulous jazz numbers, great for you guys and ghouls who like hosting a classy Halloween shindig.
I Put a Spell On You (Because You’re Mine)
There have been a lot of renditions of this one, but I don’t think any can top Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.
2. That Old Black Magic
Another classic that has been done in about a dozen arrangements, from beautiful ballad to upbeat swing. Sammy Davis Jr. did one of my favourite versions, though Judy Garland would be a close second.
3. Skeleton in the Closet
Who doesn’t love Louis Armstrong? This number is from the film Pennies From Heaven.
4. The Boogie Man (A Jazzy Halloween)
Admittedly, this has a bit of a creepy stalker feel to it, but maybe that just adds to its charm..? “Bad little girls” better watch out for this one.
5. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
This slow jazz is sure to fill the air with ghostly romance.
6. Ghost of Yesterday
No jazz playlist is complete without Lady Day.
7. Haunted House Blues
This one is a real oldie, from 1924. I came across Bessie Smith when I was looking for music for Rope last year – she’s got an amazing voice for the Blues.
Looking to slow things down and get a little cozy with that certain someone? Throw on Old Blues Eyes and you’re set.
9. Murder at Peyton Hall
This has an amazing swing beat, for all you jitterbugs out there.
10. Ghost of Smokey Joe
Ok, so the man only has one tune, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great one. Switch out Minnie the Moocher for Smokey Joe on your Halloween playlist.