Fortune Teller

This tune has always been one of my favorite early Rolling Stones songs. It only appeared on Got Live If You Want It!, where a studio track was overdubbed with screaming girls, until the More Hot Rocks greatest hits album was released. Turns out it was written by Allen Toussaint.

The song was originally released as a B-side to Benny Spellman’s Lipstick Traces (on a cigarette), both tunes credited to Naomi Neville (Toussaint’s nom de pop–and also his mother’s name).

Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century, gave Greil Marcus the name for his brilliant historical exploration of the roots of punk rock. This is Spillman’s version.


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