Not exactly puppetry news… but who hasn’t gotten a mix-tape or a playlist from a friend with at least a reference to this song – whether it be a cover or the original. Robert Dickey, was the orginal Bobby Purify of the duo James and Bobby Purify. The two saw their greatest success with the single “I’m You’re Puppet” which reached the pop Top 10 in 1966. Robert passed away on December 29, 2011 in Tallahasse, FL. The NY Times includes this note about the song:
“I hated it,” he said of the song, which he noted had originally been intended as a B-side. Recalling the grueling recording session that produced “I’m Your Puppet,” he explained, “I sang it for 23 hours straight; that’s why I hate it.”
We hear ya Robert… but let’s just give it one last listen.