The Oogum Boogum Song: pop and soul at its best

Brenton Wood's Oogum Boogum album

credit: JF Hayeur

With summer just around the corner, there’s nothing like a great upbeat tune to kick off the warmer weather and the long weekend (in Canada at least!).

There’s probably no other song in my record collection that puts me in a better mood than Brenton Wood’s 1967 hit: “The Oogum Boogum Song”. Featured on the album by (almost) the same name, along with Woods’ other infectious hit Gimme a Little Sign, it is the perfect blend of pop and soul on 33 ½ rpm!

The song was an instant hit and it’s easy to see why from the very first note. It’s basically a simple tune lyrically and musically, but it works on so many levels! The cutesy and sometimes made-up words about a girl whose clearly [cast her spell] on the singer are perfectly complemented by the irresistibly catchy melody—or is it the other way around? Either way, the real magic is in Wood’s soulful vocals.


Oogum, Oogum, Boogum, Boogum,

Now baby you’re casting your spell on me

Ah, I say Oogum, Oogum, Boogum, Boogum, Boogum

Now baby you’re casting your spell on me

You got me doing funny things like a clown

A-just look at me

I hope this song gets your feet tapping and hips shaking, if only for 2:30 minute!

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Brenton Wood and “Oogum Boogum” on American Bandstand:
Brenton Wood is still around. He’ll be performing at the 70s Soul Jam concert this summer in Los Angeles, along with: The Stylistics, Peaches & Herb and Barbara Lewis



One thought on “The Oogum Boogum Song: pop and soul at its best

  1. Nice write-up. I’ve been looking for more info on this song because there is a different edit floating around that contains a line not on the original single or LP (see link). It comes up at 1:40. I’ve spent years wondering why it was edited out of the original. Content? Length?

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