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Bands Who Appeared At The Mojo Club

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I guess it's the 45 from 1965 that features 2 'beat group' tracks .......

The Lizards -- My Love Goes On

The Foresters -- Travel On

The Lizards track is up on youtube ... can't say its to my taste.

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Hello from the States!

I am attempting to cull data specific to the band Bluesology, Elton John (as Reg Dwight)'s original band, who played on their own as well as in support of acts like Long John Baldry, Major Lance, The Isley Brothers, Doris Troy and Patti LaBelle, etc. from 1965 to 1968.

If anyone might have details on actual Mojo Club gig dates for Bluesology, and/or know where I might find copies of show adverts or venue flyers, that would be most helpful.

And the Wilson Pickett show has been mentioned here already. Might we be able to unearth an actual gig date for that?

Many thanks!

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Who played the Mojo? Well what about:-

The Pretty Things

Them (1965 with Van Morrison)

Rufus Thomas

Spencer Davis Group (with Stevie Winwood)

The Troggs

Garnet Mimms ( 1966 & 1967)

Chris Farlowe & the Thunderbirds (with Albert Lee & Dave Greenslade)

Goldie & the Gingerbreads

Edwin Starr (his first UK gig)

Roy C

Long John Baldry (with Rod Stewart)

Ike & Tina Turner

Wilson Pickett (backed by Bluesology - on keyboards Reg Dwight - later Elton John)

The Hollies (1965)

Wayen Fontana & the Mindbenders (Oct 1964)

The Merseybeats (1965)

The Rattles

The Birds (1966 with Ronnie Wood)

Ben E King

John Lee Hooker (1965 backed by Tony Mcphee and the Groundhogs)

The Who (Sun 30 May, 29 Aug, 7 Nov 1965)

The Isley Brothers

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers (with Peter Green, & Mick Fleetwood, Jack Bruce - I think )

Manfred Mann (1966)

Howlin' Wolf (1965)

Steampacket (1965, 1966 with Rod Stewart, Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger, Mick Fleetwood)

Shotgun Express ( 1966 similar line up as above)

Sonny Boy Williamson (1964)

The Herd (1967 with Peter Frampton)

The Small Faces (Sun 21 Aug 1966)

Alex Harvey Soul Band

The Move (1966)

Pink Floyd (Sun 7 May 1967)

The Yardbirds (with Eric Clapton)

Vance Arnold & the Avengers (later Joe Cocker's Blues Band)

Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated

Graham Bond Organisation ( 1965 with Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker & wee pipe Heckstall-Smith)

The Nice (with Keith Emmerson)

Amboy Bukes Big Band (24 Dec 1966)

Alan Bown Set (Jan I 1967)

Alvin Cash & the Crawlers (Sat 7 Jan 1967)

Jimi Hendrix Experience ( Sun 8 Jan 1967)

Eric Burdon & the Animals (1967)

Jnr Walker and the All Stars (1967)

Zoot Money's Big Roll Band (30 Bec 1966)

Spellbinders (30 Dec 1966)

Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames (21 Jan 1967)

Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band ( 15 April 1967)

Inez & Charlie Foxx (1967)

(Little) Stevie Wonder & Tamla Motown revue orchestra (Sun 8 Oct 1967)

Procul Harum (July 1967)

Amen Corner (Sun 17 Sept 1967)

Other 'outside' shows:-

Sheffield City Hall 'Hands Off the Mojo Show' 23 June 1967

The Drifters, Alan Bown set, Ronnie Jones & the Q Set, Amboy Dukes Big Band & The Pitiful

Sheffield City Hall 18 March 1968

Fleetwood Mac & Blondwyn Pig

Sheffield City Hall Mon 29 Jan 1969

The Nice & The Family

King Mojo Reunion Party, Hippodrome, London Wed 3 May 1985

Edwin Starr, Jimmy James & the Vagabonds

Not too bad eh! There's more of course, but I can't remember or find the details right now.

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Thanks PFN for the list of acts who appeared at the Mojo.

I never went to the club itself - but I was at that 1967 City Hall fund-raising gig. I was still in the sixth form at school and, apart from seeing a couple of local pop groups attempting to play covers of recent hits in draughty church halls, it was the first gig I had ever been to. I was very excited. My pal Jon Haworth had occasional work as a steward at the City Hall (as in showing people to seats etc, not bouncer!) and he got me on the payroll for that evening. It was a fantastic atmosphere and the place was packed, when the headliners "The Drifters" came on, about a hundred of the audience ended up dancing on stage with them (including, I am ashamed to admit, me).

A couple of comments on the line-up which you mention: The Pitiful were, I'm sure, called "The Pitiful Souls". A group called The Trends were also on the bill - they stood out because they were a guitar band, not a soul band. Finally, "The Drifters" were not the real ones - they toured as "The Original Drifters" and included one previous Drifters member, bass singer Bill Pinkney.

Jon and I went backstage and met Stringfellow, who was friendly, and "The Drifters" who were charming and autographed a record for me. I have been to many hundreds of gigs since but I'll never forget that one.

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Regarding my post above, I recently found out that the singer of The Alan Bown Set at that time was Jess Roden, who became moderately famous under his own name in the 1970s. Alan Bown was the bandleader and trumpeter. I discovered this when doing a bit of internet research after I had bought a copy of their really very good cover of Edwin Starr's song 'Headline News'. Jess has another connection with Sheffield - he was one of the first to record the song 'You Can Leave Your Hat On' which, 20 years later, appeared in the Sheffield-based film The Full Monty. In between times another Sheffielder, Joe Cocker, had also recorded a version of the song, though the one in the film was sung by Tom Jones.

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The Band I was with did warm up for Rod Stewart and the Hollies, Rod was stuck on Victoria station in the freezing cold for a long time before being picked up , he was not a happy bunny.

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