|Genres:||R&B / Soul|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Indiana, USA. Washington was in the US Air Force, stationed in East Anglia, England, when he initiated his singing career by climbing onstage to join a local band for an impromptu performance. On leaving the services, he remained in Britain and headed for London where he fronted the Ram Jam Band which comprised Pete Gage (guitar), Lionel Kingham (tenor saxophone), Buddy Beadle (baritone saxophone), Jeff Wright (organ), John Roberts (bass) and Herb Prestige (drums). The group adopted a fast-paced, almost frantic style which pitched one soul favourite after another, deliberately leaving the audience with little time to breathe, or to question the ensembles lack of subtlety. Although none of Washingtons singles reached the UK Top 30, his fervent in-concert popularity ensured that the first two albums charted, both reaching the UK Top 10. The formula was repeated on later collections, but by 1968 the mixture was growing ever more anachronistic as...