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Soul saviours set to sing a storm at The Central Theatre

Date: 14/01/2008           Category: Arts and Libraries

Eddie Floyd and Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band will play live at The Central Theatre, Chatham on Saturday, 9 February, as part of This is Soul. Both men were pioneers of the 60s and 70s soul scene and built formidable reputations on the back of powerful vocals, groove-laden tunes and electric live performances. Eddie Floyd was a house writer and performer for the Memphis-based Stax label. A prolific writer, Floyd penned hits for Otis Redding, Sam & Dave and Carla Thomas. He secured his first solo hit single in 1966 with Knock on Wood and continued to co-write and play with Booker T & The MG's. Floyd's appearance on Jools Holland's Hootenanny 2007 proved that time has done nothing to diminish his incredible vocal range and power. Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band had two of the biggest selling UK albums of the sixties. Hand Clappin, Foot Stompin, Funky Butt Live was in the album charts for 48 weeks in 1966 and was only out-sold by The Sound of Music and Bridge over Troubled Water. Washington is credited with pioneering the Go Go style of performing, where the beat is continuous and the energy high. He was immortalised in the Dexy's Midnight Runners hit, Geno. Ex-Selecter singer and presenter of the BBC's acclaimed Soul Britannia, Pauline Black, completes the bill. Tickets start at £16, with concessions available. Call the box office on 01634 338338 or email boxoffice@medway.gov.uk.