Brenton Wood Biography

Alfred Jesse Smith, 26 July 1941, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA. Smith was a veteran of several doo-wop vocal groups, including the Dootones, the Quotations and Little Freddie And The Rockets, before assuming the name Brenton Wood in deference to his home district in Los Angeles. As a solo act he enjoyed fame with ‘The Oogum Boogum Song’ (1967), a nonsense novelty record. The follow-up, ‘Gimme Little Sign’ (although not a novelty), was in a similar style, but its more lasting appeal was confirmed when the single reached the UK and US Top 10. Further releases, ‘Baby You Got It’ (1967) and ‘Some Got It, Some Don’t’ (1968), diluted the pattern and were less successful. Wood later recorded a duet with Shirley Goodman, before making a belated return to the US R&B chart in 1977 with ‘Come Softly To Me’.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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