Based on a true story, Geno & Frenchy tells the tale of an unlikely pair who against all odds, manage to thrive in a racially-tense, male dominated 1960s Britain. Set against the backdrop of the counterculture revolution, it is the story of an iconic duo who rewrite the rules in a world set up to fail them.
Geno Washington, a young African-American man who leaves Indiana at the height of the segregation era to seek a better life in England with the US Air Force. And Frenchy Shad, a young Jewish woman who escaped Nazi-Germany to become one of London’s first female nightclub promoters. They are two souls who come from worlds apart, but who find love in London’s thriving music scene.
It is 1966 and Geno and Frenchy have finally reached the top of their game. Managed by Frenchy, Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band have become one of Britain’s most exciting live music acts, releasing two of the biggest-selling UK albums of the decade. They make a vow to do this together for the rest of their lives. But first they have to survive the ‘60s.
Geno & Frenchy isn’t a story about fame or fortune. It is a story about the mastery of longevity – and the unsung heroism of ‘keeping on keeping on’ – until the very end.
**Geno Washington is fully on board with the project and working closely with the creative team, which includes his granddaughter, Sophie Shad. **