Detroit: 1962 - 1971, sngles and a few unreleased. Gino tears it up. Essential.
You dug our first Gino set OUT OF THIS WORLD now get now LOVE BANDIT! Fifteen 1962-71 GW performances and productions! Dig the rare Correc-Tone recording of Puppet On A String with backup by the Primettes (early Supremes), Singing In The Rain (an original on which Gino claims a young Rob Tyner shares the vocal chores) and the unissued Everything Is Di-jo-be, a surefire hit with the Northern Soul crowd! Includes Nathaniel Mayer - I Don't Want No Bald Headed Woman Telling Me What To Do, loads mo' killers!
Hey I'm A Love Bandit / Puppet On A String / I Gotta Move On / 'Til The End Of Time / You Should Have Been True / Like My Baby / Everything Is Di-jo-be / Rat Race / Doing The Popcorn / Singing In The Rain / Foxy Walk / Pearl Jones My Man / Please Stay / Tomangoes I Really Love You / Nathaniel Mayer I Don't Want No Bald Headed Woman Telling Me What To Do
Artist Biography by Cub Koda
In 1962, homegrown Detroit R&B was at its apex. As the music of Nolan Strong, Nathaniel Mayer, the Volumes, the Falcons and a gaggle of early Motown hits filled the airwaves, so did the music of Gino Washington. Gino scored two local back to back hits in "Out of This World" and "Gino Is a Coward" in 1963-64 while breaking down racial barriers by working the white-teen-club circuit with a Caucasian backing band, the fire breathing Jeff and the Atlantics. Gino, known in those days as 'Jumpin' Gino', was a mesmerizing live performer who was equal parts James Brown and Wilson Pickett, if both of those artists had also decided to sing music that drew equally from the wells of rock'n'roll and R&B. After being drafted in the Army at the peak of his early success, he found his bit of micro-fame being usurped by a British-based soul singer named Geno Washington, who released several dance albums while our hero was cooling his heels in the service of Uncle Sam. He returned to recording in 1967, releasing old stockpiled material and new sides on local labels into the 1970s while he hosted his own television variety show on a local Detroit station. A collection of the best of Washington's early sides is available on Norton's Out of This World, a marvelous souvenir of a time in Detroit rock'n'roll history when the possibilities seemed endless.