Lipstick Traces

Benny Spellman

About Lipstick Traces

"Lipstick Traces (on a Cigarette)" is a song first recorded by New Orleans singer Benny Spellman in 1962. It was written by Allen Toussaint under the pseudonym Naomi Neville. The song became Spellman's only hit record, peaking at number 28 on the Billboard R&B chart and number 80 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart. The flip side of the single was "Fortune Teller", made famous by The Rolling Stones cover among others. Toussaint explained the song's origin in an interview with journalist Terry Gross of National Public Radio: "Well, 'Lipstick Traces'. ..the guy, Benny Spellman, that sang the bass part on "Mother-In-Law" - he didn't know what it was worth at the time we were doing it, but when "Mother-In-Law" came out and sold, and went to number one, let's say, Benny Spellman that sang the bass part made sure that everyone within the sound of his voice got to know that he sang that part. And then he would go around - he would gig - based on [the fact that] he sang the low part on "Mother-In-Law." And he encouraged me...with much force, to write him a song that he could use that concept. And one result of that was the song 'Lipstick Traces.'""Lipstick Traces (on a Cigarette)" was recorded in New Orleans on February 2, 1962. The background vocals were done by label mates Irma Thomas and Willie Harper. 


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Your pretty brown eyes
Your wavy hair
I won't go home no more
'Cause you're not there

I'm telling you now
Like I told you before
I'm so in love with you
Don't leave me no more

Lipstick traces on a cigarette
Every memory lingers with me yet

I've got it bad
Like I told you before
I'm so in love with you
Don't leave me no more

(Won't you come on home?)
Won't you come on home?
(Won't you come back home?)
Won't you come back home?

I'm crazy 'bout you
Can't do without you
Won't you come on home?

Lipstick traces on a cigarette
Every memory lingers with me yet

I've got it bad
Like I told you before
I'm so in love with you
Don't leave me no more

I've got it bad
Like I told you before
I'm so in love with you
Don't leave me no more

(Leave me no more)
Don't leave me no more
(Leave me no more)
Don't leave me no more
(Leave me no more)
Don't leave me no more

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Benny Spellman

Benny Spellman (December 11, 1931 – June 3, 2011) was an American rhythm and blues 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 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. more »

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Written by: ALLEN TOUSSAINT

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10 facts about this song

Record History
"Lipstick Traces" was released in 1962 by Benny Spellman, an accomplished R&B singer.
Songwriter
The song was written by the legendary songwriter and producer Allen Toussaint, who played a major role in the development of New Orleans R&B.
Popularity
Despite not achieving significant mainstream success, "Lipstick Traces" has maintained a loyal fanbase and continues to be appreciated for its lyrical depth and Spellman's impassioned vocals.
Legacy
It has been covered by several artists, perhaps most notably by the British punk band The O'Jays in the 1980s.
Unique Sound
"Lipstick Traces" reflects the distinctive New Orleans sound of its time, blending elements of jazz, blues, and R&B to create a soulful and memorable tune.
Fortune Teller
It was the B-side to the hit "Fortune Teller," another Toussaint-composed song which has been famously covered by The Rolling Stones and many others.
Preservation
"Lipstick Traces (on a Cigarette)" was chosen as Benny Spellman's most famous track to be preserved in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress in 2012.
Acapella Section
The song has a distinctive acapella section, which demonstrates Spellman's exceptional vocal range and control.
Film Appearance
"Lipstick Traces" has been used in the soundtracks of several films, including the 2005 drama "Capote," which chronicled the life of author Truman Capote.
Benny Spellman's Career Impact
While Benny Spellman's career didn't reach the heights of some of his contemporaries, "Lipstick Traces" and "Fortune Teller" remain his most well-known songs, and he continued to perform to appreciative audiences until his death in 2011.

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