Category: YouTube clip of the week

Brenton Wood

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.


Gilson Lavis

Gilson was the drummer with Squeeze from 1976 to 1992 is celebrating his 70th birthday this week.

Squeeze never made a bad sng and the mojority were story songs with the obvious two being their two biggest hits Cool for Cats and Up the Junction which both made number tow in 1979.

Before joining Squeeze, which he did after seeing an advert in Melody Maker, he had toured the UK with Jerry Lee Lewis, Dolly Parton and Chuck Berry.

He is currently drummer with his former Squeeze band member Jools Holland in Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.

Here is some great drumming on their first single of the 1980s, Another Nail in my Heart.