Classic Nuggets: Gino Washington, “Gino is a Coward”

Free association is a fun thing.

I responded to Peter’s I’m Your Puppet post regarding James and Bobby Purify with a version I like by Yo La Tengo.

So, Peter posted a fine version by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell (actually, probably Valerie Simpson).

But, what got me from that version was the graphic that featured the song on “Ric Tic” records.

In truth I have been told I have a photographic memory, though I think this is not so. I mean, I forget to buy toilet paper and lose my keys, things that overall are way more important than remembering Don Demeter’s batting average in 1960 (.274).

It isn’t like I try to remember that stuff, mind you. It just sticks.

Well, my brother and I collected 45’s (those would be vinyl singles to all of you born after 1980) and still have a pretty good collection of those discs, including all the Beatles and Stones singles with cool picture covers.

But, what I noticed about Peter’s response was the record label for Marvin and Tammi’s I’m Your Puppet was “Ric Tic,” and that immediately triggered this song, Gino is a Coward, by Gino Washington. That is because, as you can see, Gino was on Ric Tic as well.

I knew this right off because remembering labels and songwriters and producers of singles was no different than remembering batting averages, or film directors, or the order of Mark Twain’s novels for me. I can’t help it. I just remember this shit.

Back on track–if there is one–I thought it would be fun to revisit Gino and his hit from 1964, and the truth is, the song is pretty good. For the time, it totally rocks, with a pretty advanced guitar solo, machine gun drums and fine walking bass. Gino has pretty good range, as well, and the words are basically pretty funny.

Have at it.

4 thoughts on “Classic Nuggets: Gino Washington, “Gino is a Coward”

    • Never knew labels did regional releases, so no. but, that explains why during the video there are labels other than Ric-Tic. It is sort of like 1962 baseball cards where Hal Reniff and Wally Moon had different cards on the east coast than on the west coast.

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