Fortune Teller (song)

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"Fortune Teller"
Single by Benny Spellman
A-side "Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette)"
Released 1962
Format 7" single
Genre R&B
Label Minit Records 644
Writer(s) Naomi Neville
Producer(s) Allen Toussaint

"Fortune Teller" is a song written by Allen Toussaint under the pseudonym Naomi Neville and first recorded by Benny Spellman (single B-side on Minit Records 644)

Cover versions exist by The Rolling Stones, on their first live album, Got Live If You Want It!, overdubbed with screaming girls (a scream-free version is on the compilation album More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies)), The Hollies, The Who (on the re-release of Live at Leeds), The Merseybeats, Tony Jackson, The Downliners Sect, The Iguanas, Strawberry Alarm Clock (recording as Thee Sixpence), and many others, including more recently the October 2007 album Raising Sand, performed by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.

The song was also a hit in Australia, recorded by The Throb. It was released in February 1966 and charted in the Top 5 in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.[1][2] Rumour has it that the Australian band were played the Rolling Stones version by their producer before they recorded their version, to get an idea of how it should sound.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McFarlane, Ian (1999). 'The Throb' entry. "Whammo Homepage". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 5 April 2004. Retrieved 3 October 2013.  Note: Archived [on-line] copy has limited functionality.
  2. ^ "Fortune Teller". Where Did They Get That Song?. PopArchives (Lyn Nuttall). Retrieved 3 October 2013. 

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