Fortune Teller (Naomi Neville aka Allen Toussaint) EMI Unart Catalog, Inc. (BMI)

From the "Thirty Years of Maximum R&B" liner notes by Brian Cady.

Recorded at Advision Studios, London May 29, 1968.

Recorded as part of a planned but never released EP consisting of cover versions of pre-Beatle era rock & roll songs.

A live version appears on the 1995 issue of Live At Leeds.

From the Live at Leeds liner notes by Chris Charlesworth with additions by Brian Cady:

Benny Spellman's hit 'Fortune Teller,' also covered by The Rolling Stones and the Merseybeats, was a staple of The Who's live act between 1968 and 1970. Opening as a medium-paced R&B lurcher, The Who slip into a higher gear halfway through, turning the song into a full-throated rocker, a fine example of 'Maximum R&B.'

The Who recorded a studio version at Advision in London on May 29, 1968, but it remained unreleased until The Who's box set 30 Years of Maximum R&B came out in 1994.

"Fortune Teller" entered The Who's set at the Fillmore East in New York City on April 5, 1968 and left their set shortly after Leeds. Track 3 on the 1995 and 2001 CD's.

Went to the fortune teller
To have my fortune read
I didn't what to tell her
I had a dizzy feeling in my head

Said she'd take a look at my palm
Said "Son do you feel kind of warm?"
And she looked into her crystal ball
Said "You're in love."

Said it could not be so,
Not with all the girls I know.
Said when the next one arrives
Looking into her eyes.

I left there in a hurry
Much to my big surprise
The next thing I discovered
The fortune teller told me lies

So I ran back to that woman
Mad as I could be
Told her I didn't see nobody
How she made a fool out of me

At last something shook me
As if it came down from above
And now the fortune teller
And I fell in love

This song appears on:

Source Length notes
Live At Leeds 2:34 Live
Thirty Years Of Maximum R & B 2:18
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