born on 11/12/1931 in Pensacola, FL, United States
died on 3/6/2011 in Pensacola, FL, United States
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Benny Spellman (December 11, 1931 June 3, 2011) was an American R&B singer, best known for his 1962 hit "Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette)," written by Allen Toussaint, and the original version of "Fortune Teller", covered by The Who and The Rolling Stones, among others. "Lipstick Traces" reached #28 on the US Billboard Black singles chart and #80 on the Billboard Hot 100. Spellman variously worked with Allen Toussaint, Earl King ("Trick Bag"), Huey "Piano" Smith, Ernie K-Doe, Wilson Pickett, The Neville Brothers and The O'Jays.
Spellman was born in Pensacola, Florida, United States. He sang backing vocals on Ernie K-Doe's number one hit record, "Mother in Law". He recorded a single, "Word Game", on Atlantic Records in 1965, but later semi-retired from music to work in the beer industry.
Spellman died of respiratory failure in June 2011, at the age of 79.
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