James And Bobby Purify - Songs


The R&B/soul duo known as James and Bobby Purify were cousins James Purify and Robert Lee Dickey (September 2, 1939 - December 29, 2011). This Florida-based vocal ensemble was formed in 1965 with Dickey taking his cousin's surname as his stage name.

James and Bobby Purify made their national debut in 1966 on both the Pop/Rock and R&B charts with the Dan Penn/Spooner Oldham-penned soul classic, "I'm Your Puppet," which became a Top 10 hit on both charts and received a Grammy nomination the following year. Their long string of hits also included "I Take What I Want" (1967), "Let Love Come Between Us" (1967), "Shake A Tail Feather" (1967), and "Wish You Didn't Have To Go" (1967).

After Dickey left the duo and the music business in 1971, James Purify continued on as a solo artist until 1974 when he paired up with Ben Moore and reformed the James and Bobby Purify act with Moore as Bobby Purify. They had one R&B chart hit in 1974 with their rendition of Isaac Hayes' "Do Your Thing." (1972). They later released a new version of "I'm Your Puppet" that became a UK chart hit in 1976.


Disclosure: The following links will take you to various online merchants outside of allbutforgottenoldies.net that sell recordings and other merchandise for the performing artist featured on this page. Please note that these are referral or affiliate links from which allbutforgottenoldies.net may receive, at no additional cost to you, a commission if you should make any purchases through them.


To listen to a song clip, click any song title that has a speaker icon. This will take you to a list of links to CD and/or MP3 product pages from one or more online merchants that have sound samples.

James And Bobby Purify

Jump to:
Previous Artist | Next Artist