THE HARD TIMES - 'Fortune Teller'/'Goodbye' (World Pacific 77851) Nov 1966

Originally from San Diego, The Hard Times relocated in '66 to Laurel Canyon in the Hollywood Hills and took up residence in a house owned by Denny Doherty from The Mamas and the Papas.
They quickly established themselves on the Sunset Strip getting regular gigs at The Sea Witch eventually becoming the house band at The Whisky A Go-Go then at The Cinnamon Cinder.

The Hard times were also regulars on TV Show 'Where The Action Is' and there is currently a lip synched performance of 'Fortune Teller' from that show on You Tube as we speak.
'Fortune Teller' reached the Top 100 in the Billboard chart at the end of December 1966 but no further success followed despite a well received studio album in '67.


  1. a B side first recorded by Benny Spellman ... then subsequently covered by The Rolling Stones, The Tony Jackson Group, The Who, John Fred, Thee Sixpence, The Throb, The Stellas, not a bad version to be found in this grouping.

  2. I have their excellent "Come To Your Window" 45. They almost manage to sound even more like the Byrds than the actual Byrds on that one.


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