With the myriad of doo-wop and soul tinged low fi summer tunes this summer it seems appropriate to mention Gino Washington, who is one of my favorite soul artists that although lesser known is still incredible nonetheless. Straight out of Detroit, Gino Washington was known for being a bit more raw, soulful and Rock n’ Roll than his contemporaries-his career was only stunted by being drafted to fight in the war just before going national. To my ear he sounds somewhere between Arthur Alexander and younger Sam Cooke, but still stands on his own.
Or stream/download what I think are his two strongest songs..
Just the right amount of everything..
A grittier and darker song.
…and my favorite Arthur Alexander(mostly known from Beatles/Stones cover fame) track for good measure:
Easily one of the best R&B songs ever penned