Opened in 1964, 555 Pitsmoor Road was the location for this seminal venue, which featured some of the greatest acts of the time. The King Mojo Club (aka “The Mojo”) took its name from the Muddy Waters single “Got My Mojo Working”, and started with focus on blues and soul music. It was originally rented for £30 a week, under the condition that manager Peter Stringfellow (yes, that guy!) would keep the pictures of Queen Elizabeth on the wall! Peter painted the walls with African/psychedelic artwork, taking inspiration from the flower power movement in San Francisco.

The band list expanded and included many now famous names: The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, John Mayall, Procol Harum, Ike & Tina Turner, Cream and the Small Faces. Hendrix famously encountered two fireman, who checked for drugs in those days. Sitting with a mammoth spliff in hand, they asked him if he ahd any drugs, to which he replied “No man, no drugs in here” and they left, satisfied. Another anecdote relates to Stevie Wonder, who when arriving at the club, needed a “number two”. Stevie insisted on a better quality seat than those downstairs. In the “fancy” bathroom upstairs, Peter’s girlfriend was having a bath and refused to move. Peter suggested she should hold her breath and stay still, since Stevie wouldn’t see her(!). After thirty five minutes, Stevie reappeared, much relieved!

The Mojo was delightfully unconventional: the dressing room was at the front, the stage at the back and only a foot high. If an artist wanted to go to the dressing room, they had to push their way through a sea of sweaty bodies on the dance floor. The low stage meant performer and audience were close together, resulting in a fantastic atmosphere. Even more unconventional for a music club was that the place had no alcohol, only coffee was available. Part of their success was undoubtedly due to the promotion posters designed by Colin Duffield. Neil Anderson has written a (limited edition) book on the subject.

Please share any memorabilia about this venue and add any missing gigs.

Venue : King Mojo Club (52 entries)
bandsupportdatevenuetown
Wilson Pickett14/03/1964King Mojo ClubSheffield
The Stormsville Shakers05/10/1964King Mojo ClubSheffield
The Yardbirds13/12/1964King Mojo ClubSheffield
John Mayall's Bluesbreakers19/04/1965King Mojo ClubSheffield
John Mayall's Bluesbreakers29/05/1965King Mojo ClubSheffield
The WhoThe Lizards30/05/1965King Mojo ClubSheffield
The Who29/08/1965King Mojo ClubSheffield
John Mayall's Bluesbreakers12/09/1965King Mojo ClubSheffield
The Who07/11/1965King Mojo ClubSheffield
The Stormsville Shakers11/12/1965King Mojo ClubSheffield
The Stormsville Shakers12/12/1965King Mojo ClubSheffield
The Stormsville Shakers13/12/1965King Mojo ClubSheffield
The Stormsville Shakers14/12/1965King Mojo ClubSheffield
Herbie Goins And The NightimersTony Knight's Chessmen24/12/1965King Mojo ClubSheffield
Steampacket31/12/1965King Mojo ClubSheffield
The Small Faces13/02/1966King Mojo ClubSheffield
Chris Farlowe and the Thunderbirds06/03/1966King Mojo ClubSheffield
The Action13/03/1966King Mojo ClubSheffield
John Mayall's Bluesbreakers08/05/1966King Mojo ClubSheffield
The Action15/05/1966King Mojo ClubSheffield
The Troggs05/06/1966King Mojo ClubSheffield
The Merseys12/06/1966King Mojo ClubSheffield
Manfred Mann12/06/1966King Mojo ClubSheffield
Small Faces26/06/1966King Mojo ClubSheffield
The Action14/08/1966King Mojo ClubSheffield
Cream20/08/1966King Mojo ClubSheffield
Small Faces21/08/1966King Mojo ClubSheffield
The VibrationsThe Noblemen / Amboy Dukes29/09/1966King Mojo ClubSheffield
Ike and Tina Turner15/10/1966King Mojo ClubSheffield
The CoastersThe Noblemen / Sonny Childe And The T.N.T.04/11/1966King Mojo ClubSheffield
Ben E King20/11/1966King Mojo ClubSheffield
The Move20/11/1966King Mojo ClubSheffield
Geno Washington27/11/1966King Mojo ClubSheffield
The Action18/12/1966King Mojo ClubSheffield
Amboy Dukes Big Band24/12/1966King Mojo ClubSheffield
The Gods26/12/1966King Mojo ClubSheffield
The Spellbinders31/12/1966King Mojo ClubSheffield
Zoot Money's Big Roll Band31/12/1966King Mojo ClubSheffield
The Alan Bown Set01/01/1967King Mojo ClubSheffield
Alvin Cash And The CrawlersOtis Clay07/01/1967King Mojo ClubSheffield
Jimi Hendrix08/01/1967King Mojo ClubSheffield
Georgie Fame11/01/1967King Mojo ClubSheffield
The Soul Sisters14/01/1967King Mojo ClubSheffield
The Move12/02/1967King Mojo ClubSheffield
The Creation27/03/1967King Mojo ClubSheffield
Pink Floyd06/05/1967King Mojo ClubSheffield
Web28/05/1967King Mojo ClubSheffield
Procol Harum02/06/1967King Mojo ClubSheffield
Tomorrow10/09/1967King Mojo ClubSheffield
Amen Corner17/09/1967King Mojo ClubSheffield
Eric Burdon and the AnimalsThe Nice01/10/1967King Mojo ClubSheffield
Stevie Wonder08/10/1967King Mojo ClubSheffield

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