"Fortune Teller" was written by Allen Toussaint
under the pen name Naomi Neville. Benny Spellman was a bass singer who sang on the Ernie K-Doe #1 hit "Mother-In-Law
," which Toussaint wrote and produced.
Spellman's version had little impact, but the song lived on with an array of cover versions: The Rolling Stones, The Hollies, The Who, Strawberry Alarm Clock and The Merseybeats all recorded the song or did popular live versions. In 2007, it was included on the Robert Plant and Alison Krauss LP Raising Sand
, which won a Grammy for Album Of The Year. The only charting version of the song came in 1967 when a group called The Hardtimes took it to #97 in the US.