Fortune Teller (song)

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"Fortune Teller"
Fortune Teller song cover.jpg
Single by Benny Spellman
A-side"Lipstick Traces (on a Cigarette)"
LabelMinit Records
Songwriter(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)

It tells the story of a young man who is pleased to learn from a fortune teller that he will find love "When the next one arrives". Next day he returns, angry that nothing has happened, but falls in love with the fortune teller. They get married and are as "happy as we could be", and he gets his "fortune told for free".

Cover versions exist by The Rolling Stones, on their first live album, Got Live If You Want It!, overdubbed with screaming fans (a scream-free version appears on the 1964 Decca Records compilation album Saturday Club as well as on More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies)), The Hollies, The Stellas (CBS Records, 1965), The Who (on the re-release of Live at Leeds, as well as on Live at Hull 1970 and Live at the Fillmore East 1968), 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 and the song was recorded with a new arrangement by Tony Saxon on the 2018 album "Old Souls & Long Term Goals" (Mint 400 Records)

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]


  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 19 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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