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     Washington, "Ready" Freddie

    He is a bass guitarist and songwriter born in Oakland, California, who started his interest in music and bass playing when he was 14 years old.  He worked at it in every spare minute and eventually got his break at 19 when he was recommended to Herbie Hancock as a replacement for the bassist in his Head Hunters.  This saw the beginning of a touring and recording career with him that led to the albums Feet Don't Fail Me Now, Master Hands and Monster.  This was enough to get him noticed and soon he found himself appearing and recording with many other artists including Burt Bacharach, Sarah Brightman, Leonard Cohen, Natalie Cole, DeBarge, Celine Dion, George Duke, The Emotions, Donald Fagen, Jose Feliciano, The Four Tops, James Ingram, LaToya Jackson, Michael Jackson, B.B. King, Earl Klugh, Patti LaBelle, Kenny Loggins, Johnny Mathis, Stephanie Mills, Aaron Neville, Laura Nyro, Alexander O'Neal, Ray Parker Jr., Teddy Pendergrass, Billy Preston, Steely Dan, The Temptations, Stanley Turrentine, Deniece Williams, The Winans and Stevie Wonder and along the way earning the nickname "Ready Freddie".  After entering into collaboration with Patrice Rushen he saw success with her hits "Forget Me Nots" and "Haven't You Heard" and his other songs include "Someone For Me" by Whitney Houston and the song "Better Late Than Never" was included in the movie Coming to America.  Albums he has appeared on during the course of his career include Evolution by Oleta Adams, Fandango by Herb Alpert, Best Of... by Anita Baker, Best of George Benson: The Instrumentals by George Benson, Hits by Phil Collins, Rock Solid by The Commodores, Remember Who You Are by Norman Connors, Rural Renewal by The Crusaders, Lamont by Lamont Dozier, Songs From a Parent to a Child by Art Garfunkel, Indian Summer by Go West, Heart's Horizon by Al Jarreau, Duets by Elton John, All Our Love by Gladys Knight & The Pips, Me Amaras by Ricky Martin, Blink of an Eye by Michael McDonald, Back to Front by Lionel Richie, Straight From the Heart by Patrice Rushen, My Time: The Anthology by Boz Scaggs, Home by Simply Red, Bet Cha Say That To All the Girls by Sister Sledge, Time Was by Curtis Stigers, ... Meanwhile by 10CC, Friends Can Be Lovers by Dionne Warwick, Crossing by Paul Young, the soundtracks of The Associate, Coming to America, Hoodlum and Prince of Egypt and many, many more. In the field of musical education he has held many bass guitar clinics nationally and internationally where he demonstrates and explains the instrument.

     

    Herb Alpert recordings

    Angel (Juan Carlos Calderon)

    Route 101 (Juan Carlos Calderon)

     

    Sources:

    1. http://www.readyfreddiewashington.com/bio.html
    2. http://www.answers.com/topic/freddie-ready-freddie-washington?cat=entertainment
    3. http://brooklyngear.blogspot.com/2006/05/ready-freddie-washington-going-on-tour.html
    4. http://www.tijuanabrass.com/alpert/alpert2.php
    5. http://shopping.yahoo.com/p:Freddie%20Washington:1927137182
    6. http://www.amgsonicguide.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:j9frxquhldke~T4
    7. http://www.amgsonicguide.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:j9frxquhldke~2~T40B
    8. http://www.amgsonicguide.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:j9frxquhldke~3~T40B

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



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