||Alfred Jesse Smith
||July 26, 1941
||Soul, R&B, pop
Brenton Wood (born Alfred Jesse Smith, July 26, 1941, Shreveport, Louisiana) is an American singer and songwriter known for his two 1967 hit singles, "The Oogum Boogum Song" and "Gimme Little Sign".
The family moved to San Pedro in Los Angeles, California when Wood was a child. He attended San Pedro High School for part of his freshman year before moving to Compton, where Brenton became a member of the Compton High School track team and received several awards for his athletic achievements.
Following his high school graduation, Wood enrolled in East Los Angeles 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"), with a second possible connection of Bretton Woods. During this period, 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 a competent pianist.
Early singles for Brent Records and Wand Records failed to chart. Wood signed with Double Shot Records, and his "The Oogum Boogum Song" reached #19 on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart and #34 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1967. In Southern California, "The Oogum Boogum Song" hit the top 10 on KGB-FM and #1 on KHJ. Wood's biggest hit came a few months later, as "Gimme Little Sign" hit #9 on the pop chart, #19 on the R&B charts, #2 on KHJ, and #8 in the UK Singles Chart; sold over one million copies; and was awarded a gold disc. The title is actually only sung once in the song, right at the beginning of the first verse "If you do want me, gimme little sign, girl..."; the chorus instead repeats "Give Me Some Kind of Sign." Wood's "Baby You Got It" peaked at #34 on the Hot 100 during the last week of 1967 and #3 on KHJ on 31 January 1968.
Wood recorded a duet with Shirley Goodman. His next song to reach the charts was "Come Softly to Me" in 1977.
He returned again in 1986 with the album "Out of the Woodwork", which included contemporary rerecordings of his early hits, along with several new tracks, including the single, "Soothe Me."
His album "This Love Is for Real" came out in 2001. Among his later appearances was in 2006 on the Los Angeles public access program Thee Mr. Duram Show, where Wood and his band performed several of his hit singles.
Recently, in 2014, he partnered with William Pilgrim & The All Grows Up for a remake of the song "Gimme Little Sign" on their recently released album, Epic Endings (available on iTunes and Amazon) which came out in August.
- Oogum Boogum (1967) - (Double Shot) - Billboard Hot 200 #184
- Gimme Little Sign (1967) - (Liberty) - U.K. version of Oogum Boogum
- Baby You Got It (1967)
- Come Softly (1977) - (Cream)
- Out of the Woodwork (1986) - (Golden Oldies)
- This Love Is for Real (2001)
- Lord Hear My Prayer (2009)
- Brenton Wood's 18 Best (1991)
- 18 More of the Best, Vol. 2 (1999)
- Better Believe It (2000) - (Demon / West Side)
- "The Oogum Boogum Song" (1967) - U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #34; US R&B #19
- "Gimme Little Sign" (1967) - US Billboard Hot 100 #9; US R&B #19; UK Singles Chart #8
- "Baby You Got It" (1967) - US Billboard Hot 100 #34; US R&B #30
- "Lovey Dovey Kinda Lovin'" (1968) - US Billboard Hot 100 #99
- "Come Softly To Me" (1977) - US R&B #92
Brenton Wood - Another Saturday Night / Attempted Love
U.K. Epic EPC 1383 (1973)
The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading.
Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.
Both record centre labels are clean and unmarked.
The record shows no indication of any spindle wear.
The record comes with an original company paper sleeve.