Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Jango Song Of The Day-Brenton Wood
Song:The Oogum Boogum Song
Album:Brenton Wood's 18 Best
The 1967 song The Oogum Boogum Song was one of two big hits by R & B singer songwriter Brenton Wood. He was born Alfred Jesse Smith July 26, 1941 in Shreveport, LA and grew up in San Pedro, CA. He learned piano as a child and his group Little Freddie & The Rockets recorded a single in 1958. While attending Compton College, he named himself Brenton Wood after the Brentwood area of Los Angeles. He had a group called The Quotations. He went solo after graduation and signed with Double Shot Records. The Oogum Boogum Song was his first single and it reached #34 on the Billboard Hot 100. The follow up Gimme Some Sign did even better and reached #9. Wood wrote both songs. He jokes a lot about what Oogum Boogum means because it's obviously a nonsense song. This comp has both of his hits. Wood never had much success after that. He's had some limited success on the R & B charts. Brenton Wood tours the oldies circuit today and records occasionally on his own label. Here's Brenton Wood performing The Oogum Boogum Song on the Los Angeles TV show Thee Mr. Duran Show.