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.

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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

 

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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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