Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band 1968

Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band 1968-1970

Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band 1968
Ram Jam Band, late 1968.
Top, left to right: Buddy Beadle, Hans Herbert, Geno Washington, Keith O’Connell and Rod Baby
Bottom, left to right: Steve Gregory, Pete Carney and John Culley. Photo courtesy of Buddy Beadle.

Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band
(July 1968-August 1968)

Geno Washington – lead vocals
Dave Greenslade – organ
Dave Tedstone – lead guitar, vocals
Peter Carney – bass, vocals
Lionel ‘Rocky’ Kingham – tenor saxophone
Buddy Beadle – baritone saxophone
Pat Higgs – trumpet
Colin Davey – drums

In May 1968 Geno Washington went to Madrid on his own and played at the Stones Club with Carl Douglas & The Big Stampede. Back in the UK, during mid-July, he fired guitarist John Culley and drummer Hans Herbert and put together a new formation around the surviving members.

Guitarist Dave Tedstone had a long pedigree, having worked with Herefordshire bands, Lee Starr & The Astrals and The Doc Thomas Group before joining Freddy Mack in London in April 1967. By early 1968, he was playing with Jimmy James & The Vagabonds with original Ram Jam members John Roberts and Herb Prestidge. Colin Davey had played drums with Tedstone in Freddy Mack’s band in 1967.

Original sax player Buddy Beadle returned after working with The Amboy Dukes, who’d shared the bill with The Ram Jam Band on numerous occasions.

The new line up’s first important gig was a three-hour BBC Radio 1 session at Maida Vale. With Greenslade taking the lead as musical director, the group (with a session bass player) cut five tracks, including the old blues staple, “Rock Me Baby”, a cover of The Rolling Stones’ recent single “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” plus “Hi Heel Sneakers” and “Holdin’ On (With Both Hands)”, which were later picked up by collectors’ label Acid Jazz for a compilation EP.

Producer John Schroeder, however, was not happy with the new direction and with a live album lined up for August the new line up proved to be short-lived. Gigs were few and far between and while all of this was going on, Dave Greenslade began rehearsing with his new band, Colosseum.

Selected gigs:
3 August 1968 – Market Hall, Pembroke, Pembrokeshire

Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band
(August 1968-September 1968)

Geno Washington – lead vocals
John ‘Silkie’ Culley – lead guitar
Dave Greenslade – organ
Peter Carney – bass, vocals
Lionel ‘Rocky’ Kingham – tenor saxophone
Buddy Beadle – baritone saxophone
Hans Herbert – drums

In the first week of August, Dave Tedstone left to re-join Jimmy James & The Vagabonds. He later contributed recording sessions for Cartoone’s second album and then joined Tom Jones’s band, The Squires. In 1970, Tedstone joined Herbie Goins & The Night-Timers, reuniting with Buddy Beadle. The group cut an unreleased album at Trident Studios. Colin Davey and Pat Higgs also departed at this point.

Geno Washington revamped the band just in time for a new live album Live! –  Running Wild (Pye NPL/NSPL 18219) recorded at the Casino Ballroom, Bolton, Lancashire on 9 August 1968, bringing back John Culley and Hans Herbert from the previous incarnation.

The revised line up cut a lone single, “Bring It To Me Baby” c/w “I Can’t Let You Go” (Pye 7N 17649), which was released in November 1968.

NME reported in the week ending 17 August that Geno Washington had split from Rik Gunnell’s agency and briefly gone with Mike Rispoli.

Selected gigs:
7 August 1968 – Top Rank, Henley, Berkshire
8 August 1968 – Salisbury City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire with The Emotions
9 August 1968 – Casino Ballroom, Bolton, Lancashire
9 August 1968 – Casino Club, Wigan, Lancashire
10 August 1968 – Brighton Festival, Brighton, West Sussex
12 August 1968 – Portsmouth Guildhall, Portsmouth, Hants
15 August 1968 – Locarno, Bristol, Avon
16 August 1968 – Torquay Town Hall, Torquay, Devon
17 August 1968 – Winter Gardens, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset
23-24 August 1968 – Scene Two, Scarborough, Yorkshire
30 August 1968 – Hemel Hempstead Pavilion, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
31 August 1968 – Leas Cliffe Hall, Folkestone, Kent

1 September 1968 – Bank Holiday Bluesology Festival, Chateau Impney, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire with The Move, Fleetwood Mac, Freddie Mack, Chris Farlowe, Wynder K Frogg, Family and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
1 September 1968 – Winter Gardens, Malvern, Worcestershire
1 September 1968 – Sherwood Rooms, Nottingham
2 September 1968 – Golden Torch, Tunstall, Staffordshire

Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band
(September 1968-December 1968)

Geno Washington – lead vocals
John ‘Silkie’ Culley – lead guitar
Keith O’Connell – organ
Peter Carney – bass, vocals
Buddy Beadle – baritone saxophone
Steve Gregory – tenor saxophone
Rod Baby – trumpet
Hans Herbert – drums

In early September, Dave Greenslade formally departed to play with his new band, Colosseum. Longstanding member Lionel Kingham also departed and later did sessions for Henry McCullough and Geoff Muldaur among others.

With Greenslade gone, the band recruited Manchester musician, Keith O’Connell, who’d played with local groups The Raging Storms and Glass Menagerie.

Beadle recommended his former band mate from The Amboy Dukes, Steve Gregory, who’d played with The Alan Price Set before that. The band also added trumpet player Rod Baby.

Selected gigs:
13 September 1968 – Mayfair, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear
14 September 1968 – Imperial Ballroom, Nelson, Lancashire
29 September 1968 – Kinema Ballroom, Dunfermline, Scotland with The Shadettes (also played Maryland Ballroom, Glasgow around this time)

4 October 1968 – Top Rank, Leicester
7 October 1968 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire
11 October 1968 – Salford University, Salford, Greater Manchester
12 October 1968 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire
15 October 1968 – Top Rank, High Wycombe, Bucks
17 October 1968 – RAF Hollyhead, Anglesey
19 October 1968 – The College, Chester, Cheshire
21 October 1968 – Top Rank, Sheffield

Mid-October 1968 – HM Wormswood Scrubs

October-November 1968 – Piper Club, Rome, Italy (also gigs in Turin)

23 November 1968 – Chelmsford Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex with Apricot Brandy
25 November 1968 –Top Rank, Cardiff
28 November 1968 – Top Rank, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear

6 December 1968 – Locarno Ballroom, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear
12 December 1968 – Mayfair Ballroom, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear
20-21 December 1968 – Scene 2 Club, Scarborough
22 December 1968 – Top Rank Suite, Birmingham

Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band
(December 1968-April 1969)

Geno Washington – lead vocals
John ‘Silkie’ Culley – lead guitar
Keith O’Connell – organ
Peter Carney – bass, vocals
Buddy Beadle – baritone saxophone
Steve Gregory – tenor saxophone
Rod Baby – trumpet
Malcolm Wolffe – drums

Hans Herbert did not stay long on his return. Malcolm Wolffe, who’d previously played with The Tribe and then Happy Magazine took his place.

Selected gigs:
17 January 1969 – Central Pier, Morecombe, Lancashire
18 January 1969 – Imperial Ballroom, Nelson, Lancashire
20 January 1969 – St Matthew’s Hall, Ipswich
25 January 1969 – Gaeity Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire
26 January 1969 – Britannia Club, Nottingham
29 January 1969 – Oldham College of Further Education, Oldham, Lancashire
30 January 1969 – Riverton Barn, Bolton, Lancashire
31 January 1969 – Locarno Ballroom, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear with Cupid’s Inspiration

2-10 February 1969 – Showboat Variety Club, Middlesbrough
12 February 1969 – Top Rank Ballroom, Cardiff, Wales
13 February 1969 – Locarno Ballroom, Coventry, West Midlands
15 February 1969 – Winter Gardens, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset
23 February 1969 – Kinema Ballroom, Dunfermline, Scotland with Alan Jordan & The KB Showband

5 March 1969 – Winter Gardens, Morecombe, Lancashire
7 March 1969 – College Ballroom, Hinckley, Leicestershire
8 March 1969 – Marie Hall, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
12 March 1969 – Skyline Ballroom, Hull, Humberside
14 March 1969 – Public Baths, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire
15 March 1969 – Leeds University, Leeds
16 March 1969 – Pop World ’69, Empire Pool, Wembley, Middlesex with Fleetwood Mac, Amen Corner, The Move, The Gun, Barry Ryan and others

Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band
(April 1969-September 1969)

Geno Washington – lead vocals
Keith Field – lead guitar, vocals
Keith O’Connell – organ
Peter Carney – bass, vocals
Buddy Beadle – baritone saxophone
Steve Gregory – tenor saxophone
Malcolm Wolffe – drums

John Culley departed after a Scottish tour in March-April 1969, playing his final gig in Stranraer. After working in the Ivory Coast with The Crazy Fingers, he joined Cressida in 1970 and later played with Black Widow. Rod Baby departed at the same time.

Guitarist Keith Field, formerly with The Blue Aces, and, more significantly, Ferris Wheel, took over from John Culley after cutting a solo single, “The Day That War Broke Out” c/w “Stop! Thief” for Polydor in September 1968.

The new line up recorded a lone single, “My Little Chickadee” c/w “Seven Eleven” (Pye 7N 17745), which was released in June 1969.

Selected gigs:
April 1969 – Gigs in Netherlands (according to Billboard)

5 April 1969 – Kinema Ballroom, Dunfermline, Scotland with Alan Jordan & The KB Showband and The Shadettes

23 May 1969 – Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester
24 May 1969 – The Pavilion, Buxton, Derbyshire
26 May 1969 – Skegness Seaside Soul Festival, Skegness, Lincolnshire with Amen Corner, Inez & Charlie Foxx, The Fantastics and Jimmy James & The Vagabonds
31 May 1969 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with Tract and Virgin Hearse

June 1969 – Scottish tour (includes gigs with Jo Jo Gunne and Three Dog Night)

6 July 1969 – Citation Hotel, Perth, Scotland
6 July 1969 – Grand Hall, Kilmarnock, Scotland
27 July 1969 – Start week at Fiesta, Stockton

August 1969 – Short tour of Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland (around now)

9 August 1969 – Three-day Swedish tour starts (advertised in music press)

29 November 1969 – Imperial Ballroom, Nelson, Lancashire (may not have happened)

Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band
(March 1970-November 1970)

Geno Washington – lead vocals
Alan Griffin – lead guitar, vocals
Tom Duffy – bass, vocals
Winston ???? – keyboards
Tony Hall – tenor saxophone
Brent Scott Carter – baritone saxophone
Frank Charlton – trumpet
Larry ???? – drums

The Ram Jam Band split with Washington after working at the Neago Club in Majorca in October 1969.

Beadle and Gregory would go on to play a multitude of sessions with artists as diverse as Ginger Baker’s Airforce, Babe Ruth, Bell & Arc, Chicken Shack, Andy Fairweather-Low, Alan Hull, Otis Spann, Suzi Quatro, Freddie King and Lindisfarne. They also became members of Gonzalez and recorded a string of albums in the 1970s.

NME announced in the week ending 4 October 1969 that Geno Washington had split from The Ram Jam Band and returned to The United States. Fabulous 208 magazine mentioned in its 25 October issue that the group had split in the same week as Amen Corner and The Marbles.

The singer duly returned from the United States in early 1970 and put together an entirely new version of The Ram Jam Band around March.

Tom Duffy came from Newcastle and had previously played with The Sect. The group’s new drummer was another American, from California. Alan Griffin had previously played with Croydon, Surrey band, The Subjects.

Londoners Tony Hall and Brent Scott Carter both came in from Simon K & The Meantimers. Tony Hall had a long pedigree having previously worked with West London outfits, Peter Nelson & The Travellers, Peter’s Faces, Wainwright’s Gentlemen, The Flowerpot Men and Rupert’s Spoon.

Selected gigs:
4 April 1970 – Marquee, London

May 1970 – Gigs in Ballymena, Belfast and Dublin (according to Billboard)

13 November 1970 – Ballerina Ballroom, Nairn, Scotland

Around December 1970, Tom Duffy left and went on to record with Arc and Bell & Arc before playing and recording with Lindisfarne. Frank Charlton also left and later recorded with The Avant Gardeners.

Roger Flavell joined on bass after working with Grand Union (Bandwagon’s backing band) and Judd. Further personnel changes took place in early 1971 before the musicians broke away from Geno Washington.

Flavell subsequently played with The Tommy Hunt Band and recorded with The Byron Band among others. Brent Scott Carter later appeared on an album by Babe Ruth while Tony Hall did sessions for Dana Gillespie among others.

Selected gigs:
26 December 1970 – Marquee, London

Sources: Melody Maker, NME, Newcastle Evening Chronicle, Nottingham Evening Post, Fabulous 208.

Huge thanks to Peter Carney, John Culley, Dave Tedstone and Tony Hall for helping with line ups.

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18 thoughts on “Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band 1968-1970”

  1. John Culley worked with Black Widow BEFORE he joined The Crazy Fingers. I was with him in The Crazy Fingers out in Ivory Coast (I played Hammond) and remember him talking about being with Black Widow. The Crazy Fingers had a residency in a French owned African brothel in Abidjan, one of the craziest gigs ever.

    1. Not True I joined Black Widow after the Ivory Coast gig which was in 1970 Black widow broke up around 1973. I guess you are confusing my time with Black Widow and the Ram Jam Band.

      John Culley.

    2. Hi Nick
      Was looking John Cully up and found you.
      Good to see you are still playing
      I was playing drums on that gig.
      It was a very strange experience and a real baptism of fire, we were only eighteen or so.
      I would be interested to catch up any time.
      Kind regards
      Jim Russell

      1. Hello Jim,
        Great to hear from you after all this time. What are you doing these days, are you still playing ? I do the odd Hammond session and I still got all the kit, but I’m mainly a studio engineer. It would be nice to meet up for a chat or a jam sometime. I live in Guildford. Where are you? Did you take any photos of The Crazy Fingers ? My email is brockway at madasafish.com

  2. On the same day that the band played this gig:
    25 January 1969 – Gaeity Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire,

    I also found online that they were at Bradford University

    Also, on 20 May 1969, the band played at mini festival at Bradford University with The Idle Race, The Honeybus, Clouds and others

  3. Another gig in Melody Maker:

    23 March 1969 – Railway Hotel, Wealdstone (not sure if John Culley was on guitar or his replacement Keith Field)

  4. Found the following Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band gigs in the Birmingham Evening Mail, which are missing from above. The Birmingham Top Rank Suite gig could possibly be Dave Tedstone’s debut

    14 July 1968 – Birmingham Top Rank Suite, Birmingham
    29 July 1968 – Belfry, Wishaw, West Midlands

    These gigs are listed in Melody Maker:

    Geno Washington leaves for the Costa Brava from 21 August 1968 (unlikely this happened as it clashes with other gigs)

    12 July 1968 – Locarno, Basildon, Essex (Culley or Tedstone line up?)
    15 July 1968 – Radio One’s David Symonds Show (could be the BBC radio recording session that Tedstone mentions above)
    19-21 July 1968 – Belfast, Northern Ireland (does not list venue)
    26 July 1968 – Liverpool (does not list venue)
    27 July 1968 – Prestatyn, Wales (does not list venue)

  5. Found one more gig from the Birmingham Evening Mail that is missing from the list above:

    2 November 1968 – The Swan, Yardley, West Midlands with Jigsaw

  6. Does anyone know how to contact Roger Flavel?
    I moved to Canada in 1972 and just found his name on an international list of musicians.
    We are the same age give or take and share a lot of history as we toured around Europe.
    I remember him as a hell of a nice guy!

    1. I have lived in Canada since 1969.
      I think that he was my replacement on bass for the grand union,backing band for the bandwagon.
      I left just before their second tour of England .
      My name is Tom maudlin,
      Rick thorpe and paul thorpe,guitar and drums at the time of the first tour.
      Anybody know what happened to them?
      Tom.

  7. Does anyone know the whereabouts of the keyboards player Keith O,Connell. I knew him from burnley at the miners club and wondered where he might be now. ? Christine

  8. Guitarist Alan Griffin has got in touch and can fill in some blanks:

    When his band, Cats Pyjamas split up in 1969, three of the band members – organist Phil Lanzon, drummer Roy Manderson and himself were joined by bass player Tom Duffy and sax player Don Weller and became the Ram Jam Band (circa November/December 1969).

    Griffin recalls that Geno Washington wanted to get away from doing all his old soul stuff, and mix it up a bit. Although the band and the punters enjoyed it, the promoters didn’t so the band split up around spring 1970.

    The guitarist was the only member to remain with Geno Washington throughout 1970 and was joined by Tony Hall ( sax), Brent Carter (sax), Roger Flavell (bass), Martin Woodward (organ), and a Californian drummer, Larry.

  9. Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band played with Cantebury Tales at – Hastings Pier, Hastings, East Sussex (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website) on 13 July 1969

  10. Few more gigs that I found on Jonathan Marks’ excellent website on Hatchetts in Piccadilly.

    11 December 1968

    23 October 1969 – this might be with the line-up formed with Alan Griffin and ex-Cats Pjyamas members

  11. According to the Southend Standard, the band played at Cliffs Pavilion in Southend on 24 December 1968 with Ruby James & The Trifle and The Purple Dream

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