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Brenton Wood (born Alfred Jesse Smith, 26 July 1941, Shreveport, Louisiana) is an American singer and songwriter, best known for his two 1967 hit singles: "The Oogum Boogum Song" and "Gimme Little Sign". is the 207th day of the year (208th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1940 in music, other events of 1941, 1942 in music and the list of years in music. Events January 5 - Ernesto Bonino debuts on Italian radio January 15 - Olivier Messiaens Quatuor pour la fin du temps is premiered in Stalag VIIIA in Silesia. ... , : Port City , River City , Rachet City : The Next Great City of the South United States Louisiana Caddo 117. ... Official language(s) de jure: none de facto: English & French Capital Baton Rouge Largest city New Orleans [1] Area  Ranked 31st  - Total 51,885 sq mi (134,382 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 16  - Latitude 29°N to 33°N  - Longitude 89°W... A singer is a musician who uses their voice to produce music. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... In popular music, a chart-topper is an extremely popular recording, identified by its inclusion in a ranked list—a chart—of top selling or otherwise judged most popular releases. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Gimme Little Sign is a song by Danielle Brisebois, the second single off her 1994 album Arrive All Over You. ...



When he was a child his family moved west to San Pedro in Los Angeles, California. In his high school years his family relocated to nearby Compton, where Brenton became a member of the Compton High School track team and received several awards for his athletic achievements. San Pedro is connected to Los Angeles by a thin strip of land called the Harbor Gateway which roughly follows the 110 freeway. ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State California County Los Angeles County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Compton is both a place and family/given name of English origin, and may refer to: // Compton serves as a name for many communities in England, the United States and Canada. ... Compton High School billboard with main building in the background. ...

Following his high school graduation, Wood enrolled in Compton College. Soon after he took the stage name Brenton Wood, possibly inspired by the wealthy Los Angeles enclave of Brentwood (some sources state that the name is in honor of his "home county"). During his period there his musical interests began to manifest themselves. He was inspired by Jesse Belvin and Sam Cooke, and he began cultivating his songwriting skills, also becoming an accomplished pianist. Brentwood is an affluent district in the West Los Angeles region of Los Angeles, California, United States; it is sometimes confused with Brentwood, California in the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A songwriter is someone who writes either the lyrics or the music for songs. ... A pianist is a person who plays the piano. ...

After signing with Double Shot Records he had a hit with "The Oogum Boogum Song" in the spring of 1967. It reached number 19 on the Billboard R&B chart and number 34 on the corresponding Billboard Hot 100 pop listing. His biggest hit came in September the same year. "Gimme Little Sign" hit #9 on the pop chart and also #19 on the R&B charts. In the song Gimme Little Sign is not sung, instead the chorus repeats "Give Me Some Kind of Sign". It has been suggested that Billboard be merged into this article or section. ... Rhythm and blues (also known as R&B or RnB) is a popular music genre combining jazz, gospel, and blues influences, first performed by African American artists. ... // A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... A refrain (from the Old French refraindre to repeat, likely from Vulgar Latin refringere) is the line or lines that are repeated in music or in verse; the chorus of a song. ...

"The Oogum Boogum Song" was covered by Alex Chilton. In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Alex Chilton, circa 1999 Photo: Aimeé Toledano Alex Chilton (born William Alexander Chilton, on December 28, 1950, in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American songwriter, guitarist, singer and producer best known for his work with the pop-music bands the Box Tops and Big Star. ...

Wood continued to perform and even recorded a duet with Shirley Goodman. He reached the charts again in 1977, when "Come Softly to Me" registered in the lower reaches of the listings. 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. The duet, by Hendrik ter Brugghen A duet is a musical composition or piece for two performers, most often used for a vocal or piano duet. ... Shirley Mae Goodman (later Shirley Goodman Pixley, b. ... An album or record album is a collection of related audio or music tracks distributed to the public. ...

"Gimme Little Sign" was later covered by Danielle Brisebois, who had a hit with it in 1994. "Gimme Little Sign" was also recorded by Ricky Nelson. Danielle Brisebois Danielle Brisebois (born June 28, 1969) was a child actress in the 1970s, most recognized for her role as Stephanie Mills on the sitcoms All in the Family and its spin-off/continuation Archie Bunkers Place. ... “Sound recorder” redirects here. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...

Though Brenton Wood had few charted singles, his entire work is considered to be quintessential lowrider cruisin' oldies, and are featured on an uncountable amount of oldies compilations popular with a Latino, specifically Chicano, audience.

Brenton Wood does not own the rights to any of his songs. They are all owned by famous Los Angeles DJ, Art Laboe.




  • Gimme Little Sign - (Liberty) - (1967)
  • The Oogum Boogum Man - (Double Shot) - (1967) - Billboard Hot 200 - #184
  • Baby You Got It - (1967)
  • Come Softly - (Cream) - (1977)

Liberty Records was a United States-based record label. ... The Billboard 200 is a listing of the 200 highest selling music albums in the United States, published weekly in Billboard magazine. ... Cream Records is a record label started by Alvin Bennett in 1968, after he sold Liberty Records to Transamerica Corporation. ...


  • Brenton Wood's 18 Best - (1991)
  • 18 More of the Best, Vol. 2 - (1999)
  • Better Believe It - (Demon / Westside) - (2000)

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Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Julie Driscoll (born June 8, 1947) is a British singer and actress, best known for her 1960s hit version of Wheels on Fire with the Brian Auger Trinity. ... Zoot Money is a pianist, organist, and actor, born George Bruno Money on 17th June 1942, who appeared (playing a promotions man) in the film Breaking Glass with Hazel OConnor. ... Andrew James Summers (born 31 December 1942) is an English guitarist and composer best known for his work in The Police. ... Don Partridge (born 27 October 1944, in Bournemouth, Dorset, England) is an English busker, one-man band and singer-songwriter, who found fleeting fame in the mid to late 1960s. ... The Hollies in 1964 The Hollies are a British rock and roll band formed in the early 1960s. ...

See also

Top of the Pops was a long-running British music chart television programme shown each week on BBC and now licensed for national versions around the world. ... This is a list of soul musicians. ...

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VH1.com : Brenton Wood : Biography (360 words)
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
Wood formed the Quotations during college, but soon after graduation he became a solo act.
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.
Interview With Brenton Wood (840 words)
He may have been born Alfred Jesse Smith, but the world knows him as Brenton Wood.
Brenton Wood enjoyed pop success with a Top Ten hit back in September 1967 called "Gimme Little Sign".
Still performing today, Brenton Wood spoke with us about his recording, touring and performing career.
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