b. William Francis Washington, December 1943, Evansville, Indiana, Washington, U.S.A.
Geno Washington is an American singer, who released albums with the Ram Jam Band during the mid Sixties, and solo releases from 1976 onwards.
Geno was born in Indiana in 1943, and relocated to the U.K. in the early Sixties, after being posted there during his military service in the United States Air Force.
He was stationed in East Anglia, but performed at various gigs in and around London at the time.
After being ssen by the guitarist Pete Gage pereforming in a nightclub in 1965, he was recruited to peter’s group, which soon became Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band.
hand clappin', foot stompin', funky butt...live! - 1966 / hipsters, flipsters, finger-poppin' daddies - 1967 / shake a tail feather - 1967 / uptight - 1967
The group signed to the Piccadilly Records imprint, releasing the albums ‘Hand Clappin, Foot Stompin, Funky-Butt ... Live!’ in 1966, and ‘Hipsters, Flipsters, Finger-Poppin' Daddies’ in 1967.
‘Hand Clappin, Foot Stompin, Funky-Butt ... Live!’ stayed in the U.K. Albums Chart for 38 weeks in 1966.
Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band released several sides for Piccadilly Records and Pye Records between 1966 and 1968.
These included ‘Water’ b/w ‘Understanding’ (number 39), ‘Hi Hi Hazel’ b/w ‘Beach Bash’ (number 45), “’Que Sera Sera’ b/w ‘All I Need’ (number 43) and ‘Michael (The Lover)’ b/w ‘(I Gotta) Hold On To My Lover’ (number 39).
running wild - 1968 / sifters, shifters, finger clicking mamas - 1968
Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band built a following due to their heavy touring schedule, which, in turn, made the group popular on the Mod Scene.
The group disbanded in 1969, after a final 1968 single entitled ‘I Can’t Quit Her’ b/w ‘Put Out The Fire’.
Geno Washington continued as a solo performer before returning to the United States.
Back in the States, Geno studied hypnosis and meditation.
He then signed with the DJM label, releasing the albums ‘Geno's Back’ (in 1976), ‘Live’ (also in 1976) and ‘That's Why Hollywood Loves Me’ (in 1979).
After returning to the U.K. in the early Eighties, Geno began touring again.
that's why hollywood loves me - 1979 / put out the cat - 1981 / take that job and stuff it - 1986 / loose lips - 1995
Geno recorded three albums during the Eighties and Nineties, including ‘Put out The Cat’ (in 1981), ‘Take That Job and Stuff It’ (in 1986) and ‘Loose Lips’ (in 1995).
He still tours into the new millennium, releasing a single entitled ‘I’m Doing 99 Years’, with the sales proceeds going to the victims of crime and child abuse.
In 2010, Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band headlined at an event called the Rhythm Festival.
He also appeared at the Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury the same year.
In addition to his musical career, Geno has appeared on television many times over the years.
Geno met his wife, Frenchie, at the Bag O'Nails club in London.
The club is where Frenchie’s sister met Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits, to whom she married.
Geno Washington and Peter Noone are brothers-in-law.
with the Ram Jam Band:
Hand Clappin'-Foot Stompin'- Funky Butt - Live! (Piccadilly Records 1966)
Hipsters, Flipsters, Finger Poppin' Daddies (Piccadilly Records 1967)
Shake A Tail Feather (Piccadilly Records 1968)
Running Wild - Live (Pye Records 1969)
Up Tight (Pye Records 1969)
Geno Washington Geno's Back (DJM Records 1976)
Live (DJM Records 1976)
That's Why Hollywood Loves Me (DJM Records 1979)
Put Out The Cat (Teldec Records 1981)
Live Sideways (Ammunition Records 1986)
Take That job And Stuff It (Konnexion Records 1987)
Loose Lips (Uncensored Records 1995)
What's In The Pot? (Sound FX Records 1997)
Return of the G (United States of Distribution Records 2003)
Kiss My Rhythm (Kookooland Records 2006)