10 JUNE 1966
Geno Washington’s single ‘Water’ was at its peak UK chart position of #39 during this week. This later became part of the Northern Soul genre.
The Ram Jam Band were a British group who recruited Washington - an American airman based in East Anglia - in 1965. They had a series of moderate hits (charting in the 30s-40s) and a big following on the Mod circuit. They released two lives albums in 1966-67, both of which reached the Top Ten in the UK. The band split up in 1969.
Geno Washington enjoyed a bit of a revival in 1980 after Dexy's Midnight Runners had a big hit with 'Geno', their tribute to him