Six Degrees of Boom Boom Washington

Continuing with my idiotic quest to find bizarre connections surrounding the cast of Welcome Back, Kotter, I give you part IV: Six Degrees of Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington (actor Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs).

So far, I've done Mrs. Kotter, Arnold Horshack, and Juan Epstein. I've been told I do these back asswards and that the connections are paper thin. Screw it. It's fun, so here comes Boom Boom.

1. Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs produced and sang backup vocals for the disco single "Let Me Do It" by Halo. A clip of the song is below. According to Wikipedia it is "considered among many soul collectors as a modern soul masterpiece". It's a good little disco tune, but a "masterpiece" is a stretch to say the least.

2. The drummer for the song is none other than James Gadson (source), considered to be the most recorded drummer in R&B history. He's on drums for Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" and "Dancing Machine" by the Jackson 5, and his resume extends back to Sinatra and Ray Charles.

3. Recently Gadson performed on a Beck album and is featured prominently in his music video "Think I'm in Love". Watch it here.

I got very annoyed reading the comments for the YouTube video: "Who is that creepy guy in the background?" and "Is that B.B. King?" Idiots, all of them.

(Beck is one of the ever diminishing group of contemporary artists that I actually like. You should like him if for no other reason than he wrote a song called "MTV Makes Me Want to Smoke Crack". Mellow Gold has been a personal favorite since its release.)

4. In 2004, Beck married Marissa Ribisi, who played the intellectual Cynthia Dunn in my favorite film of all time, Dazed and Confused.

5. Strangely enough, Marissa (and her twin brother, Giovanni) were delivered by Beck's mother, Bibbe Hansen!

6. Bibbe Hansen, was a prominent member of the Andy Warhol crew. Her father was a part of Warhol's factory, and Bibbe herself starred in several Warhol movies including Prison with Edie Sedgwick.

And so there you have it: From Boom Boom to Warhol. It was a strange trip, but I enjoyed it.


  1. And for the record I hated Gabe Kaplin on that show. He never said anything funny. EVER.

  2. Such a cool post. You always post such interesting things. Hope you've been enjoying your weekend.

  3. "It's a Small, Small World after all...."

    If only Warhol and Boom Boom have met....would love to a fly on the wall.

    Excellent job!