James & Bobby Purify were an R&B singing duo, whose biggest hits were “I’m Your Puppet” in 1966, which reached #6 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and in a re-recorded version #12 in the UK Singles Chart (in April 1976), and “Let Love Come Between Us” in 1967, which reached #23 in the U.S.
James Lee Purify was born on May 12, 1944, in Pensacola, Florida. “Bobby Purify” was actually two different singers. The first was James’s cousin, Robert Lee Dickey (born September 2, 1939, Tallahassee, Florida), who adopted the Purify name for performing, and sang on their early records. The second Bobby was vocalist Ben Moore, who replaced Dickey in 1971 when Dickey suffered health problems. This duo recorded the remake of “I’m Your Puppet,” which become a small hit in the U.K. and the Netherlands.
“I’m Your Puppet” was written by Spooner Oldham plus Dan Penn and was produced by Penn, who introduced Purify to Moore. The record spent 14 weeks in the U.S. chart, and sold an estimated one million copies. It was released in September 1966.