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 hits in 1967. Born Alfred Jesse Smith in Shreveport, LA, Brenton Wood moved west to San Pedro, CA, as a child. While he was studying at Compton College, he assumed the name Brenton Wood, naming himself after his home county. Signing with Double Shot Records, Wood had a hit single in the spring of 1967 with “The Oogum Boogum Song,” which reached number 19 on the R&B charts and number 34 pop. It was quickly followed by “Gimme Little Sign,” which climbed to number nine pop and matched its predecessor’s R&B position.