Single on Festival by Melbourne band with soul and psychedelic inclinations, popular as a live act. The band’s name was a modification of the original concept, ‘Camp-Act’.
Further reading: 1. For an account of the band’s history and personnel changes see Milesago’s Cam-Pact page. 2. Keith Glass’s website has an active introductory page but the rest of the site seems to be in hiatus (last checked September 2011).
See below* for a connection between Keith Glass, Bobby Purify and Dan Penn.
Thanks to Keith Glass.
Single on Bell label.
The duo were James Purify and Robert Lee Dickey.
For the 1976
re-recording (see below), ‘Bobby’ was Ben Moore.
Keith Glass confirms that this was the point of reference for Cam-Pact’s version.
Single on MGM by co-writer.
Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham were notable contributors to the soul genre as songwriters, producers and musicians (Spooner Oldham played the organ on Percy Sledge’s When A Man Loves A Woman). They worked in Memphis in collaboration with Chips Moman of American records, and then at Atlantic Records in Muscle Shoals.
Other Penn-Oldham compositions include Cry Like A Baby (The Box Tops) and Sweet Inspiration (The Sweet Inspirations). With Chips Moman, Dan Penn wrote Do Right Woman, Do Right Man (Aretha Franklin) and the much-recorded At The Dark End Of The Street (James Carr).
I’m Your Puppet was also recorded, for example, by Sam & Dave (1967), Dionne Warwick (1967), Mel & Tim (1972), Paul Young & Elton John (1993), Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham (1999), Irma Thomas (2000).
Single on Mercury. Re-recording of the 1966 hit, this time by James Purify with Ben Moore, who replaced Robert Lee Dickey, the original ‘Bobby’.
*The song Forever Changed, on the 2005 album Better to Have It by Bobby Purify (Ben Moore, the second ‘Bobby Purify’), was inspired by the meeting and marriage of Cam-Pact’s Keith Glass and his wife. It was written by Keith’s friend Bucky Lindsey with Dan Penn, producer of the album and co-writer of I’m Your Puppet. Keith has also gigged with Penn’s collaborator Spooner Oldham.