Saturday 17th September, 2022 at 7:30pm

Photo Credit: Chris Barber

Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band

Geno Washington originates from Evansville in Indiana, USA and first came to England in the 1960's as part of the US Air Force. His love of Blues and Soul music soon found him jamming with local bands in and around Ipswich and eventually led him to London where he caused a sensation singing with top R&B acts such as Georgie Fame  (another Music at Stow artist) and Zoot Money's Big Roll Band at the legendary Flamingo Club in Soho.  The rest, as they say, is history. His "live" shows were immortalised in two of the biggest selling albums of the 60’s - "Hand Clappin' Foot Stompin' Funky Butt Live" and "Hipsters Flipsters and Finger Poppin' Daddies". His status as the undisputed "King of Soul" was cemented forever by Kevin Rowland and Dexy's Midnight Runners in the 1980’s with the World-wide No.1 smash hit single "Geno", which paid homage to the great man himself and is still played regularly today on national radio and at Geno's gigs both before and after shows.

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Geno Washington has appeared on television since the 1960s. In 1966 he appeared in an edition of one of the two most popular television music shows of the time, Ready Steady Go! This episode also featured other stars such as Françoise Hardy, Cilla Black, Wayne Fontana and the Spencer Davis Group.

In 1967, along with The Ram Jam Band, he appeared on The Record Star Show amongst other regular appearances.

Geno appears in the movie A Bit of Tom Jones, which had its London premiere in 2009, which won the BAFTA Cymru "Best Film" Award in 2010. Acting roles include Paparazzo, a 1995 film starring Nick Berry and Fay Masterson, and most recently he appeared as himself in an episode of Midsomer Murders, entitled "The Axeman Cometh", that also featured Suzi Quatro and Mike Read.

Then...and Now!