1967 Brenton Wood – Oogum Boogum Song

1967 Brenton Wood – Oogum Boogum Song

Alfred Jesse Smith was born in Shrevesport Louisiana but his family moved to Los Angeles before he started high school. After graduation, he became proficient at piano and started writing songs.

He began recording singles for Wand Records in 1963 and moved to Brent Records for a few years. He wrote The Oogum Boogum Song and recorded it on Double Shot Records in 1967. The novelty single peaked at #34 on the Hot 100 and #19 on the R&B chart.

Dick Clark sat down and interviewed him after he performed the song on American Bandstand.

Brenton also wrote his next release, Gimme A Little Sign. The single reached the top ten on the Hot 100 and in the UK but stalled at #19 on the R&B chart.

He had one more record reach #34 on the Hot 100 in 1967 (Baby You Got It). He started his own record label and released 18 more singles and four more albums but never again reached the top forty after that single.

While his career faded, numerous films and television shows have used one or more of his three hit singles on their soundtracks for over fifty years.


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