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Menial jobs in an industrial laundry and a London bookstore made it look like perhaps there was no further to fall careerwise, but he found a way: he became a piano player in a rock 'n' roll band, Sonny Stewart and the Dynamos, working around Germany doing residencies in bars, nightclubs, and American air bases. After a year and a half he returned to England to join his high school friend, guitarist Pete Gage, in forming a soul band: Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band. The Ram Jam Band travelled all over Britain, appeared on the same bill with artists like the Kinks, the Rolling Stones, Rufus ("Walking the Dog") Thomas, and others. They and had some recording success in the middle 1960s. But the tedium of life on the road as a rock musician was ultimately unendurable, and after the break-up of the original Ram Jam Band in 1967, Geoff headed for the glamour and excitement of becoming a linguist.
I once offered to put five dollars in the tips jar at the Stevenson College Coffee House at UC Santa Cruz if they would stop playing the Van Morrison CD they had put on. They did, and I did.
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