I’m Your Puppet (James and Bobby Purify)


James and Bobby Purify’s splendid single ‘I’m Your Puppet’ was at its peak US Billboard Hot 100 chart position of #6 during this week in 1966. It was also a #5 R&B hit. It did not chart in the UK that year, but a re-recorded version reached #12 there in 1976.  

The duo were cousins James Lee Purify and Robert Lee Dickey, and ‘I’m Your Puppet’ was their first single for Bell Records and proved to be their biggest-ever hit. They released numerous singles over the next couple of years but only had middle-to-low chart success with them. Despite that, this song (a cover of the original released by Dan Penn in 1965) is a fine moment in soul history.

B-side: 'So Many Reasons'
Released: September 1966
Highest chart position: #6 (US)
Length: 2:59 
Label: Bell

I’m Your Puppet (James and Bobby Purify)