Alfred Jesse Smith is celebrating his 80th birthday this week, he is better known as Brenton Wood.
Wood was born in Shreveport, Louisiana but grew up in Los Angeles. He signed to Double Shot Records in the late sixties and his first single, The Oogum Boogum Song, made the top 20 on the Billboard R & B chart. The follow-up was Gimme Little Sign which made number six in the States and number eight in the UK.
By 1972, he formed his own record label and turned his hand to production, but as far as the UK is concerned, he remains a one-hit-wonder. Let’s remember that song.