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Brenton Wood

Brenton Wood's charmingly unpredictable phrasing and his infectious sense of good times made the smooth uptown soul of "The Oogum Boogum Song" and "Gimme Little Sign" into hits in 1967. Despite his skill as a pop-soul vocalist, Wood was never able to match such heights again, yet those two songs became genuine R&B classics of their era.

Born Alfred Jesse Smith in Shreveport, LA, Brenton Wood moved west to San Pedro, CA, as a child. After learning how to play piano, he began forming vocal groups, inspired by Sam Cooke and Jesse Belvin. One of these groups, Little Freddie & the Rockets, recorded a single in 1958. While he was studying at Compton College, he assumed the name Brenton Wood, naming himself after his home county. Wood formed the Quotations during college, but soon after graduation he became a solo act. Signing with Double Shot Records, Wood had a hit single in the spring of 1967 with "The Oogum Boogum Song," which reached number 19 on the R&B charts and number 34 pop. It was quickly followed by "Gimme Little Sign," which climbed to number nine pop and matched its predecessor's R&B position. It was a promising start to a career, but Wood wasn't able to follow it through. "Baby You Got It" stalled in the bottom reaches of the pop and R&B Top 40 in early 1968 and "Some Got It, Some Don't" failed to make the pop charts later that year. Wood continued to perform and even recorded a duet with Shirley Goodman, but he wasn't able to reach the charts again until 1977, when "Come Softly to Me" registered in the lower reaches of the R&B Top 100. Following its release, Wood became part of the oldies soul circuit. In 2001, he finally returned with an album of new material, This Love Is for Real. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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CLEAN CUT SING IT HOMIE G I'M THE ONE WHO WILL ALWAYS KNOW
U my Sign is the look in my eyes The Heart of my Soul. Big Daddy
Love this song!!!!!
The best song ever,)
I like the way you love me<3 I love when you kiss me dam baby I love you so fucken dam much
I just want to slow dance right now
Oldies are life
I Like The Way You Love Me
Where were you when I needed you. I was out keeping busy so I wouldn't think of you even though I always did. .
almishu
Favorite Oldie
Take me home. D. D. T. Chuco town
One of my ultimate favorite OLDIES artist!
I think you got your fools mixed up<3this song
Love those oldies man johhy san jo ca
F**k u
nancyweissbe i n
Me and you, Romeo and Juliet❤️
Takes me back to So Cal Sunday night oldies, a bonfire and a beer, and my lady! Happily married now for 12 years. God bless?
Pa estar bailando de cartoncito with a firme a** hina!!!! Damn i love it. Listening in the 805
This is music that will last forever
Where are the lyrics I can't sing along anymore
anthony.nanc y _ 2 0 1 0
I'm the one who really knows....
anthony.nanc y _ 2 0 1 0
And I promise I won't let you down....
;-) !!
Me B Wood love his songs!
TAKE A CHANCE ON ME. .
YOU SHOULD FEEL GOOD OR SPECIAL THAT A REAL LOYAL WOMAN FELL IN LOVE WITH YOU. I JUST AIN'T SOME.BROAD.F R O M THE STREET, IIM VERY SPECIAL.. SO THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A WHILE.. BUT GUESS WHAT, IM PUMPING MY NRAKES, MAKING A U TURN AND RUNNING IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. WHEN YOU GET OUT.IF YOU REALLY WANT ME, ILL SEE YOU THEN BUT IM NOT GONA PLAY YOUR CHILDISH SECRET GAME. S**T IM NOT NOBODYS SEVRET, AND OBVIOUSLY YOU DON'T WANT ME. SO BYE BYE.
Oh hell naw, I was remembering when you straight DOGGED ME SCANDLESS LIKE YOU.FIDNT KNOW ME. AND YET HERE I AM WRITING YOU, PUTTING MONEY SO WE CAN TALK. BUT IN ACTUALITY I MUST BE ONE STUPID A** SUCKA AFTER YOU DOGGED ME. AND YOU DIDN'T WANT ME THEN, I KNOW I CAN BET YOU SURE DON'T WANT ME NOW EITHER.
All this is bullshit, a bunch of liers, cheaters. If you have a comment say who you are and who its for. BE REAL.. DONT BE FAKE!!
Maybe I'll get Lucky again
For all those who talk s**t but cant say who they are and who their stupid comment is for.
TAKE A CHANCE ON ME....I LOVE THIS SONG,IT REALLY TAKES ME BACK TO SOME GOOD TIMES THAT I WILL NEVER FORGET!
"CATCH U ON THE REBOUND".... . . . .
My homegirl Claudia meza turned me on to this artist back in the day how I miss chilling with that rucca good memories alrato mis locotes
What I like so much about you .. we have the same taste for music!
So beautiful ... me and you !
Q.vo
best of the best no one can top this
I AINT the one....LATER S .
Wanna be more than your friend
Me and you baby always...
This song takes me way back...Damn this song was made for me....It is so true!!!!!
This whole album<3

Such sweet songs & lyrics.
erikandrade1 4 3
.Brenton Woods is that uno when it comes to Oldies!! YEE~ YEE....
love brenton! #feelgoodjam s :)
Love brent
i agree
Saw Brenton wood @ Hollywood paladium back in 79 , never gets old...
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Lovve This Albums Wen I Be Blazin
I remember this when I was a kid in the late 60ds. Reminds me of such hood memories of mom and dad back then.
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