- This article is about funk vocalist Jeanette Washington. For the soul vocalist who occasionally recorded under the same name, see Justine "Baby" Washington.
Washington appeared as a background singer on recordings by James Brown in 1975. That year she joined Parliament with Debbie Wright, becoming the first female members of the group. She recorded with Parliament (1977–1980) and Funkadelic (1978–1980), both featuring George Clinton, and with the Sweat Band featuring Bootsy Collins & Maceo Parker (1980).
Washington formed the female spin-off band Parlet in 1978 with Wright and Mallia Franklin for their first album Pleasure Principle. She recorded the group's remaining two albums Invasion Of the Booty Snatchers in 1979 and Play Me Or Trade Me in 1980 with Shirley Hayden and Janice Evans. Washington is the only Parlet member to have remained in the band for the duration of the group's career.
Washington left Parliament in 1980. She recorded with Dawn Silva in 2000.
Confusion with Justine "Baby" Washington
Soul historian Pete Hoppula has summarized the matter and has provided a published source that notes the distinction:
Meanwhile, during the late '70's, a certain Jeanette Washington began providing background vocals for George Clinton's famed Parliament/Funkadelic, as well as lead vocals for his girl group offshoot, Parlet. This session singer is not to be confused with Baby Washington, who states emphatically that she has never recorded with any of these groups.—
- Baby Washington
- Huston, Bruce. Baby Washington Part Two: Her Soul Years. Soul Survivor #10 Spring 1989 (Toronto), p. 15.
Justine (Jeanette) Jackie (Baby) Washington may have also sang the solo lead on a record by the hearts entitled "Loneley Nights."
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