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 ... Read More...
Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band - Two Original Original Live Show (1966-1967)
Hand Clappin' Foot Stompin' Funky-Butt...Live! 1966
Titles don't come much more colorful than Hand Clappin' Foot Stompin' Funky-Butt...Live!, but Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band deliver as advertised -- two-fisted, ebullient soul without an ounce of pretense or guile, the album is a party waiting to happen. Washington is a human jukebox, moving from Motown ("Uptight [Everything's Alright]") to Stax ("Hold On! I'm Comin'") to New Orleans ("Ride Your Pony") with style and passion -- even decades after the fact, the energy of the band and the crowd remains as visceral as the title promises
Hipsters, Flipsters, Finger-Poppin' Daddies! 1967
Like the previous Hand Clappin' Foot Stompin' Funky-Butt...Live!, Hipsters, Flipsters, Finger-Poppin' Daddies! captures Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band in their natural environment, delivering high-energy, hip-shaking soul and pop classics in front of a wildly appreciative live audience. There's no pretense or guile to this music, just a bar band par excellence tapping into the indefinable essence of what constitutes a transcendentally good time. As always, the source material is all over the stylistic and geographic map, covering crowd-pleasers spanning from the Beatles' "Day Tripper" to the Troggs' "Wild Thing." The most pronounced influence is Memphis soul, in particular Stax classics like "I Can't Turn You Loose" and "In the Midnight Hour," and the music's gritty authenticity fits Washington's rough-but-right vocals to perfection.