What's up welcome to Soul Sundays! Today's Artist is Mr. Brenton Wood with my favorites "I'm the one who knows", "I want love" & "Best thing I ever had".... When Brenton Wood was a child, his family moved west to San Pedro in Los Angeles, Ca. He attended San Pedro High School just like my Husband Mister Cartoon. Brenton Wood attended pedro High for part of his freshman year before moving to Compton. Where Brenton Wood 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"). 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. After signing with Double Shot Records, Wood had a hit with "The Oogum Boogum Song" in the spring of 1967. It reached #19 on the US Billboard R&B chart and #34 on the Billboard Hot 100 listing. In Southern California, "The Oogum Boogum Song" hit the top 10 on both KHJ in Los Angeles and on KGB-FM in San Diego. His biggest hit came in September of the same year, as "Gimme Little Sign" hit #9 on the pop chart and #19 on the R&B charts. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. In addition, it peaked at #8 in the UK Singles Chart. In the song, "Gimme Little Sign" is not sung, instead the chorus repeats "Give Me Some Kind of Sign". In late 1967, Brenton wood charted a third single, "Baby You Got It", reaching #34 on the Hot 100. Wood continued to perform, even recording 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 returned with an album of new material, This Love Is for Real. Among his later appearances was a 2006 appearance on the Los Angeles public access program Thee Mr. Duran Show, where Wood and his band performed several of his hit singles. Sadly but True all the great hits that Brenton Wood sings, he does not own the rights to any of his songs. They are all owned by Los Angeles MC promoter & disc jockey, Art Laboe from Hot Jamz 92.3. Brenton Wood is a very Down to Earth humbled man who still continuously performs at local car shows & venues for the people. If you grew up & live in Los Angeles you have to at least know one of his songs. If not purchase his 18 best hits album, Cd or go to ITunes. Your missing out! Also check out this crazy old footage of Brenton Wood performing for Top of the Pops show intoduced by Jimmy Savile & Dave Cash, back in 1968. He was killin' since way back than. Many Props to him. Keep doing your thing Brenton Wood.... Thanks for "Tooning" in.
Mrs. Julie Toons SkidRow Soul