Gimme Little Sign

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"Gimme Little Sign"
Gimme Little Sign - Brenton Wood.jpg
Single by Brenton Wood
from the album Oogum Boogum
B-side"I Think You've Got Your Fools Mixed Up"
ReleasedAugust 1967
Recorded1967
GenreR&B, soul, pop
Length2:19
LabelDouble Shot
Songwriter(s)Alfred Smith, Joe Hooven, Jerry Winn
Brenton Wood singles chronology
"The Oogum Boogum Song"
(1967)
"Gimme Little Sign"
(1967)
"Baby You Got It"
(1967)
Audio
"Gimme Little Sign" on YouTube

"Gimme Little Sign" is a classic soul music song, originally performed by Brenton Wood.[1] It was released in 1967 on the album Oogum Boogum.[2] It was written by Wood (under his real name, Alfred Smith), Joe Hooven and Jerry Winn. The most well known version is by Brenton Wood, which peaked at number 9 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and also was top 10 in the UK Singles Chart[3] and Australia. Mighty Mo Rodgers played the electronic organ on the recording.[4]

It has also been a hit for Danielle Brisebois in 1995, and also covered by the Sattalites, Hepcat, Mina, Don Dixon, Syl Johnson in 1979 on his album Uptown Shakedown and Peter Andre. Andre's version was his second single, released in 1992, which went on to win him an ARIA Award in 1993 for highest-selling Australian single of the year. It was also covered by Roberto Jordán and Cox in one Spanish version, and by Los Straitjackets in another. Jay Dee aka J-Dilla remixed the song, which was released as a 45 rpm promo, called 'Signs'.

The song was also recorded by Constant Meeuws, a singer from a Dutch group called Skateboard, at the end of the 1970s and was produced by Rudy Bennett from the Motions. That single was released by Polydor Records.

Mark Williams covered the song on his album, Mark Williams (1975). Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons covered the song and released it as a single from their album Step Lively (1981).

Chart performance[edit]

Peter Andre version[edit]

"Gimme Little Sign"
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Single by Peter Andre
from the album Peter Andre
ReleasedOctober 26, 1992[11]
FormatCD Single, Cassette
Recorded1992
GenreDance-pop, R&B
Length3:28
LabelMelodian
Songwriter(s)Smith, Hooven, Winn
Producer(s)Ollie Jacobs
Peter Andre singles chronology
"Drive Me Crazy"
(1992)
"Gimme Little Sign"
(1992)
"Funky Junky"
(1993)

"Gimme Little Sign" was covered by Australian artist Peter Andre and released as the second single from his self-titled debut album. The single was released on October 26, 1992,[11] through Melodian Records. The single peaked at #3 on the Australian Singles Chart,[12] achieving platinum status.[13] The single was the 12th highest-selling single of 1993 in Australia.[13]

Track listing[edit]

CD1 / Cassette
  1. "Gimme Little Sign" (Single Version) - 3:28
  2. "Gimme Little Sign" (Tony & Asha's Mix) - 6:29
CD2
  1. "Gimme Little Sign" (Single Version) - 3:28
  2. "Gimme Little Sign" (Tony & Asha's Mix) - 6:29
  3. "Gimme Little Sign" (Phil & Ian's 12" Mix) - 5:57
  4. "Gimme Little Sign" (Demonstration Version) - 3:25
  5. "Drive Me Crazy" (Crazy Cool Funk Mix) - 6:34

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly singles charts[edit]

Chart (1992–1993) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[12] 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Rank
Australia (ARIA)[13] 12

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[13] Platinum 70,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Danielle Brisebois version[edit]

"Gimme Little Sign"
Danielle gimme.jpg
Single by Danielle Brisebois
from the album Arrive All Over You
Released1995
FormatCD
GenreRock
Length3:04
LabelChrysalis Records
Songwriter(s)Alfred Smith, Joe Hooven, Jerry Winn,
Producer(s)Gregg Alexander
Danielle Brisebois singles chronology
"What If God Fell From The Sky"
(1994)
"Gimme Little Sign"
(1995)
"I Don't Wanna Talk About Love"
(1995)

"Gimme Little Sign" was re-recorded and released as the second single from Danielle Brisebois' 1994 album Arrive All Over You. It peaked at # 75 on the British charts and #23 on the Swedish charts.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Gimme Little Sign" – 3:04
  2. "Just Missed the Train" – 5:01
  3. "Ain't Gonna Cry No More" – 4:48

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brenton Wood - Gimme Little Sign (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-03-11.
  2. ^ "Brenton Wood - Oogum Boogum at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-03-11.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 610. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ Al Campbell. "Mighty Mo Rodgers | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-03-11.
  5. ^ Go-Set National Top 40, 20 December 1967
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "Brenton Wood - Gimme Little Sign". Australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on 2016-01-12. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  7. ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 29 December 1967
  8. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 10/28/67". 50.6.195.142. 1967-10-28. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  9. ^ "Top Records of 1967" Billboard December 30, 1967: 42
  10. ^ "Cash Box YE Pop Singles - 1967". 50.6.195.142. 1967-12-23. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  11. ^ a b The ARIA Report. 143. ARIA. October 25, 1992. p. 20.
  12. ^ a b "australian-charts.com > Peter Andre – Gimme Little Sign (song)". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  13. ^ a b c d "1993 ARIA Singles Chart". ARIA. Retrieved December 2, 2019.

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