Brenton Wood

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About Brenton Wood

Legendary soul singer Brenton Wood cemented his place in history with a string of memorable ’60s-era hits. • Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, the singer moved with his family to the LA area as a child. • Inspired by Jesse Belvin and Sam Cooke, Wood taught himself to play piano and soon began writing songs inspired by his girlfriend troubles. • Wood reportedly took his stage name from the affluent Brentwood neighborhood in Los Angeles. • While in college, he formed a group called The Quotations and later joined Little Freddy & the Rockets, who released the single “All My Love” in 1958. • He reached No. 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 with the 1967 single “The Oogum Boogum Song.” He wrote the catchy number while working as a crane operator at an aluminum factory. • Wood scored his biggest hit with 1967’s "Gimme Little Sign,” which peaked at No. 9 on the Hot 100. That same year, he notched his third and final Top 40 hit with “Baby You Got It.” • The African American singer remains beloved in the Latino community of Southern California.

Shreveport, LA, United States
July 26, 1941
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