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Union


Rather than another guided-missile single aimed straight at the charts, Union's "Strike" b/w "Come To My House For Lunch" was a songwriting demo, meant to showcase the compositional abilities of Alfred Jesse Smith—the man already known better to Billboard readers as Brenton Wood. "Gimme Little Sign," his 1967 smash for Double Shot Records, is the hit song most associated with the Compton-via-Shreveport talent, and while Brenton Wood's given name appears on the "Gimme" single alongside credits for two Double Shot producers, Wood—for all appearances simply a singer of songs—was actually quite prolific as a composer. Union never performed live, but the group featured an all-star ensemble including Sterling Smith, Al Mckay, Ed Green, George Semper, Phil Kelsey, Gail Anderson. The single was released on Mesa Records, which belonged to Matt Hill, brother of Z. Z. Hill. Matt was a promoter more aiming to rep talent to fellow insiders than to sell records, but Mesa's Union 45 serves as a vital snapshot of Wood's career as it passed out of the spotlight during the early 1970s.


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