Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Sixties soul star is a hypnotic presence

A SOUL singer who had two of the biggest-selling UK albums of the Sixties will be playing at the Crooked Billet pub in Stoke Row

A SOUL singer who had two of the biggest-selling UK albums of the Sixties will be playing at the Crooked Billet pub in Stoke Row on Monday night.

Geno Washington was immortalised in song when Dexys Midnight Runners released Geno in 1980 — persuading him to return to making music.

Born in Evansville, Indiana, in 1943, Washington and his Ram Jam Band scored a big hit with their 1966 album Hand Clappin’ Foot Stompin’ Funky-Butt ... Live! which spent 49 weeks in the charts.

The following year they followed it up with the equally well-received Hipsters, Flipsters, Finger-Poppin’ Daddies!

But in 1970 Geno left the UK and returned to the US, where he recorded with the Beach Boys before retiring from the music industry and devoting himself to the study of hypnosis and meditation — he remains a member of the Guild of Hypnotists.



An all-round performer, he has acted in films, appeared as a motivational speaker and is the author of The Blood Brothers, about a Vietnam veteran, and children’s stories.

Looking ahead to Monday night’s concert, Crooked Billet chef proprietor Paul Clerehugh said: “It is unusual to enjoy a star of Washington’s calibre within the intimacy of such a tiny venue. Geno is one of the most engaging, charismatic and soulful high-energy soul and blues singers.”

He added: “Geno will be accompanied by Stuart Dixon, an incredibly talented blues and soul guitarist who has toured, recorded, produced and performed with some of the greatest soul, rock and rhythm and blues artists. His innovative and soulful performances are exciting, heartfelt and spine-tingling.”

The Crooked Billet’s full regular menu will be available on the night and a £25 music cover charge will apply. For tickets and table reservations, call the venue on (01491) 681048.



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