17 August 1935, Rome, Georgia, USA, d. 23 October 1998, Columbus, Ohio, USA. Singing from early childhood, Washington sang gospel and the blues and also learned to play a home-made guitar. In his mid-teens he sang with the Gospelaires vocal group with which he also made some records. Washington later formed his own gospel group but along the way he had begun to incorporate more and more blues into his repertoire. He had also added clarinet and tenor saxophone to his instrumental skills. Through the 60s he played in the house band at a Cincinnati club and he also recorded singles for the Finch, VLM and Fraternity labels, now under his own name and some of which he wrote himself. Guitarist Lonnie Mack accompanied him on some of these recordings. In the early 70s he recorded an album for the Eastbound Records label.
Although he was beginning to attract attention, largely through his records, which were popular overseas, Washingtons health...