Fortune Teller

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Fortune Teller

94east album.jpg
from the album 94 East
Song details
Performer: 94 East
First Released: Early 2003 - 94 East album
Album(s): 94 East
Writer(s): Hank Cosby
Producer(s): Pepé Willie and Hank Cosby
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince.
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

Fortune Teller is the second track on 94 East’s third collection of previously-unreleased studio recordings 94 East (full title 94 East Featuring 10:15 & Fortune Teller Remix With Prince On Guitar), featuring Prince on guitar. The track was written by Hank Cosby, and produced by Pepé Willie and Hank Cosby.

Basic tracking took place in March 1977 at Sound 80, Minneapolis, Minnesota (during the same set of sessions as re-recordings of Soft And Wet, Love Is Forever (later renamed My Love Is Forever), Baby, Jelly Jam (which was later used as the instrumental portion of Just As Long As We’re Together), Make It Through The Storm, and recordings of Just As Long As We’re Together and 10:15). The track was intended for a single by 94 East for Polydor Records, but this release never came to pass. The recording session did not go well, as Hank Cosby was not interested in Prince’s ideas for the track. Pepé Willie later re-recorded parts of the song and recorded overdubs onto the track, but recording details are not known.

In 1978, the song was also released in a re-recorded version, as Be My Fortune Teller (without any Prince input) as a single by a group called SofTouch. It was also the fourth track on their eponymous album from the same year.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
March 1977 Sound 80,
Minneapolis, MN, USA
1977 Studio information needed, New York, NY, USA Additional recording by Colonel Abrams and Buddy Williams
2001 - 2002 (assumed) Studio information needed Additional recording by Pepé Willie
Recording Personnel

Released (remixed) version

  • Prince - guitar
  • Ben Obi - all other instruments
  • Kristie Lazenberry - vocals
  • Marcy Ingvoldstad - vocals
  • D. Willie - vocals

Unreleased version

  • Pepé Willie - lead vocals
  • Prince - guitar and background vocals
  • Bobby Z. - drums
  • Wendell Thomas - bass guitar (assumed)
  • Pierre Lewis - keyboards (assumed)
  • Kristie Lazenberry - vocals
  • Marcy Ingvoldstad - vocals

Unreleased Colonel Abrams version

  • Colonel Abrams - lead vocals
  • Pepé Willie - vocals (assumed)
  • Prince - guitar and background vocals
  • Buddy Williams - drums
  • Wendell Thomas - bass guitar (assumed)
  • Pierre Lewis - keyboards (assumed)
  • Kristie Lazenberry - vocals
  • Marcy Ingvoldstad - vocals

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Fortune Teller 3:43 94 East Studio

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Fortune Teller Studio March 1977 Sound 80 version before Pepé Willie overdubs
Fortune Teller Studio Unreleased Colonel Abrams version
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Until the release of the 1977 track I Got Over It in 2018, 10:15 and Fortune Teller share the distinction of having the longest time between recording and release of any Prince-related track; over 25 years from basic tracking (early 1977) to release (Early 2003).

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