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The Mojo Club had some unbelievable acts on when it was open in Sheffield

Some of the groups are absolute multi million selling megastars

Let's see how many we can name that played at the Mojo and if possible - the date they played..

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Atom Retro    0

A few of the obvious ones to get the list going...

The Who - Sunday 30th May 1965

Small Faces - Sunday 21st August 1966

Jimi Hendrix Experience - Sunday 8th January 1967

Pink Floyd - Sunday 7th May 1967

Amen Corner - Sunday 17th September 1967

Stevie Wonder (Billed as 'Little Stevie Wonder') - Sunday 8th October 1967

...I hadn't noticed they were all Sundays before. Was Sunday the live night at the Mojo then?

And the King Mojo Festival Number 1, headlined by The Small Faces took place on Monday 3rd June 1968... but in Leeds!

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pfn    0

Sundays was a day in which clubs could get a cheaper rate from bands in those days, as they would very often be travelling from a Saturday gig to a Monday gig. So they were sort of fill ins for a bit of extra readies!

All Dayer sessions were when bands played during the day rather than at night so were more readily available for a good price. Same with All Nighters, when again groups would be able to play at more (un)normal hours rather than during ordinary concert times.

Some groups did play mid week at the Mojo occasionally, but most of the mid week gigs were usually record sessions. Friday to Sunday were more likely to be live sessions.

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pfn    0

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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Desy    0

Got an ep somewhere with Joe Cocker and Tangerine Dream on recorded Live at the Mojo

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Atom Retro    0

That would be interesting to hear. What year was that from?

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Desy    0

Sorry don't know it is lost in my collection of 3,000 records when I get chance in the future I will post the year

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thierry    0

5 october 1964 : THE STORMVILLE SHAKERS

11 december 1964 : THE STORMVILLE SHAKERS

21 february 1965 : THE STORMVILLE SHAKERS

14 march 1965 : THE STORMVILLE SHAKERS

28 march 1965 : THE STORMVILLE SHAKERS

24 april 1965 : THE STORMVILLE SHAKERS

11 november 1965 : JOHN MAYALL'S BLUESBRAKERS (last gig with Peter Green)

13 november 1965 : THE STORMVILLE SHAKERS (allnighter)

2 december 1965 : BO STREET RUNNERS

1 january 1966 : THE STORMVILLE SHAKERS

15 january 1966 : THE STORMVILLE SHAKERS

11 june 1966 : THE STORMVILLE SHAKERS

26 june 1966 : THE STORMVILLE SHAKERS

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Vinylheaven    0

Hi, Just thought you might like to see the poster for the King Mojo Festival - it is the original taken from Peter Stringfellow's DJ booth on the night :o

A few of the obvious ones to get the list going...

The Who - Sunday 30th May 1965

Small Faces - Sunday 21st August 1966

Jimi Hendrix Experience - Sunday 8th January 1967

Pink Floyd - Sunday 7th May 1967

Amen Corner - Sunday 17th September 1967

Stevie Wonder (Billed as 'Little Stevie Wonder') - Sunday 8th October 1967

...I hadn't noticed they were all Sundays before. Was Sunday the live night at the Mojo then?

And the King Mojo Festival Number 1, headlined by The Small Faces took place on Monday 3rd June 1968... but in Leeds!

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What a brilliant first post !

Welcome to Sheffield History and thank you ever so much for posting !

Neil

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bosshoss    0

Sorry don't know it is lost in my collection of 3,000 records when I get chance in the future I will post the year

I recently bought this on ebay. it's ok but got a much better & earlier King Mojo rag record a few years ago; the one mentioned is also a rag record by the way, recorded live & introduced by Mr. Stringfellow

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Ian Blagg    0

..there's no way The Troggs would have played at the Mojo. I remember Pete playing "wild thing" as punishment if he thought we weren't dancing enough......

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..there's no way The Troggs would have played at the Mojo. I remember Pete playing "wild thing" as punishment if he thought we weren't dancing enough......

5th June 1966

June 1966

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I remember Pete Stringfellow asked me to have my photo taken with Sonny Boy Willamson for a Sheffield newspaper (can't remember which one) but, living in Wakefield, I never got to see it in print. Can anyone help me trace that event? I went to Mojo regularly between 1964/5 and 1967.

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Drumbeat62    0

Who played the Mojo? Well what about:-

Rufus Thomas

Long John Baldry (with Rod Stewart)

_

Didn't see Rufus Thomas at the Mojo although like most groups we performed his song 'Walking The Dog'

We did get to see Rufus Thomas in a blues club in Nashville in 1998, he was 82 years old by then, his first song that night was 'Walking The Dog'.

There's a street named after him in Memphis 'Rufus Thomas Boulevard'.

Did see Baldry and Stewart though.

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Rivedonian    0

That would be interesting to hear. What year was that from?

I also have a copy of the EP, the front and back of the sleeve are shown below. I could also attach an MP3 file of the EP itself, but I don't know if that would be allowed. Maybe someone can provide an opinion on that.

Regards,

IR

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maggiemay    0

I also have a copy of the EP, the front and back of the sleeve are shown below. I could also attach an MP3 file of the EP itself, but I don't know if that would be allowed. Maybe someone can provide an opinion on that.

Regards,

IR

Looks like Booby Nutt on the cover of the EP. I saw the Byrds or Birds at the Mojo along with all the artists mentioned but I cannot imagine why we used to wear pacamacs.......

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Zeke    0

Apart from all the well-known bands and artists who appeared at the Mojo there is one band which never gets a mention, for various reasons.

That band was Who's Who?

At the time Who's Who? comprised Lew Weston, Mal Trippett, Eric Wells and myself, Zeke Fisher and Mal Trippett knew Reuben Mooney, the owner of the Tower Ballroom as the Mojo was previously known.

We were allowed by Mr Mooney to use the ballroom as a rehearsal room.

It wasn't very long before Pete Stringfellow heard of this and approached Mr Mooney with an offer we couldn't equal.

The rest is history.

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jsoulsmith    0

I recently bought this on ebay. it's ok but got a much better & earlier King Mojo rag record a few years ago; the one mentioned is also a rag record by the way, recorded live & introduced by Mr. Stringfellow

Anyone know the details on this earlier (than 67) King Mojo rag record: artists & tracks ????

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jsoulsmith    0

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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Statesider    0

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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Angela Rich    0

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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Athy    0

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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Athy    0

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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