Gino Washington from Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia
George “Gino” Washington (born 1946?) is an African American R&B and rock singer from Detroit, Michigan with cross-racial appeal.
While attending Pershing High School, he achieved local hits in 1963 and 1964: “Out of This World” and “Gino Is a Coward”. To his credit, he was the first artist signed to Ric-Tic Records.
In 1964 he was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving in Japan and South Vietnam; upon return his music career stalled. He hosted his own variety television show in Detroit during the 1970s.
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During 1963-64, Washington helped break down racial barriers by working with a Caucasian backed band –“Jeff and the Alantics.” In the 1970s, the Gino Washington TV Show had some of the world’s most successful artists grace it stage–among them Patti LaBelle and James Brown.
The Ferguson and Dotson Families are delighted that Gino has given us permission to place this information on the site.
Gino is a member of the Ferguson clan. His mother, Ora B., is the daughter of Walter and Lena Ferguson-Hull. Lena is the sister of Robert Ferguson and eight siblings discussed in the book An American Story: My Family & Yours.
The following is a classic interview that Washington did with James Brown:
Click on the link and watch it on Youtube.