The Purify Brothers were your puppets

August 30, 2016

The sixties was a popular time for duets, with the likes of the Everly Brothers, Sam & Dave, Sonny & Cher, and Simon & Garfunkel. One of the most popular duos of the mid-sixties was James & Bobby Purify. They weren't brothers, but were cousins, and Bobby Dickey adopted his cousin's last name, Purify, as his stage name. As it would happen, James & Bobby Purify's first single release, the southern-fried soul hit I'm Your Puppet, was also their biggest hit.

 

I'm Your Puppet was written by southern songwriters Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham, and it was recorded at the famous Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. I'm Your Puppet quickly found an audience and climbed to number six on Billboard's Hot 100 pop chart, and number one on the R&B chart in late 1966. James & Bobby Purify would go on to have other big hits, including Shake A Tail Feather, I Take What I Want, and Let Love Come Between Us, but none would be as popular as their first big hit, I'm Your Puppet. @therealdonrocks

 

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