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Geno Washington
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Initially stationed in England for the Air Force during the early '60s, American soul shouter Geno Washington fronted a British group known as the Ram Jam Band for a series of moderate U.K. chart hits during 1966-1967. Though he was born in Indiana, Washington had the grit of a deep soul testifier like Wilson Pickett or Don Covay. While stationed in East Anglia, Washington became known as a frequent stand-in at gigs around London. When guitarist Pete Gage saw him at a club in 1965, he asked Washington to join his new group with bassist John Roberts, drummer Herb Prestige, organist Jeff Wright, Lionel Kingham on tenor sax, and Buddy Beadle on baritone.

Geno Washington stayed in England after his release from the Air Force, and the band earned notice around the Southeast for an infectious live show that packed dozens of up-tempo R&B/soul nuggets into a half-hour. Signed to Piccadilly by early 1966, the group just broke into the Top 40 with "Water." Though it was their highest-charting single, Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band hit the charts three times in the next year with "Hi-Hi Hazel," a cover of "Que Sera Sera," and "Michael." The band's first two LPs -- Hand Clappin' Foot Stompin' Funky-Butt...Live! and Hipsters, Flipsters, Finger-Poppin' Daddies! -- were much better documents of the band at work, and both hit the British Top Ten. Still, Geno Washington recorded only two more albums with the Ram Jam Band before splitting by 1970. Gage went on to join Vinegar Joe, while Washington returned in 1976 with Geno's Back! Four years later, Washington earned his only number one hit (of a sort), when Dexys Midnight Runners took the tribute track "Geno" to the top of the charts. He recorded another LP (Put Out the Cat) in 1981, and continued to tour sporadically during the '80s and '90s, often incorporating a blues stance as well as a hypnotism act. ~ John Bush, All Music Guide

Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band

Always ready to rock the house, the King of the swingers is the incarnation of all things sixties. Hipsters and Flipsters, movers and shakers alike, are all rendered incapable of having a bad time, when the Good Times Guru gets his army fans on the good foot! The old Geno magic still drags 'em in and sends them home high!

With his irrepressible showmanship and professionalism Geno will be knocking audiences dead for years to come. His super-tight band is one of the hardest working outfits in the country. It's not all Old Skool though, Geno has recently recorded with Adamski and Big Dog (ex Black Grape)

Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band had two of the biggest selling UK albums of the sixties. Amazingly both of these were live albums. Hand Clappin, Foot Stompin, Funky Butt Live was in the album charts for 48 weeks of the year 1996 and was only out-sold by 'The Sound of Music' and 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'

CDs, DVDs, Videos & Books by Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band
NEW Foot Stompin Soul - Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band
Release Date Mar 20 2006

My Bombers My Dexys My Highs - Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band
The Return of the G ~Geno Washington
Change Your Thoughts You Change Your Life - Geno Washington & The Purple Aces
Blues Walks With Me ~ Geno Washington

DVDs & Videos
Geno Washington And The Blues Question - What's In The Pot?

Books by Geno Washington
Blood Brothers (Bloodlines S.) ~Geno Washington
Whats in the Pot ~Geno Washington


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