King Mojo Club

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. Dave Manvel wrote a book and a later "Pop-art of the Mojo club" featuring the amazing work of local artist John Duffield. Neil Anderson has also written a (limited edition) book on the subject.

King Mojo

Gigs

(149 entries)
bandsupportdate
The Searchers07/03/1964
Wilson Pickett14/03/1964
Kinks19/05/1964
Alex Harvey Soul Band25/07/1964
John Lee HookerThe Groundhogs07/08/1964
Alex Harvey Soul Band03/10/1964
The Stormsville Shakers05/10/1964
Sonny Boy Williamson10/11/1964
The Yardbirds13/12/1964
Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band01/01/1965
The Soul Agents (with Rod Stewart)05/02/1965
The Stormville Shakers21/02/1965
Herman’s Hermits28/02/1965
The Pretty Things07/03/1965
The Birds (with Ronnie Wood)12/03/1965
The Stormville Shakers28/03/1965
The Birds (with Ronnie Wood)03/04/1965
The Soul Agents (with Rod Stewart)16/04/1965
The Birds (with Ronnie Wood)17/04/1965
John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers19/04/1965
The Stormville Shakers (all-nighter)24/04/1965
The Soul Agents (with Rod Stewart)08/05/1965
The Small Faces (unplanned)22/05/1965
John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers29/05/1965
The Who30/05/1965
The Lizards30/05/1965
The Hollies06/06/1965
The Who29/08/1965
John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers12/09/1965
Bo Diddley13/10/1965
John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers30/10/1965
The Who07/11/1965
The Stormville Shakers (all-nighter)11/11/1965
Wilson Pickett14/11/1965
Bluesology14/11/1965
The Birds (all-nighter)20/11/1965
Bo Street Runners02/12/1965
The Stormsville Shakers11/12/1965
The Stormsville Shakers12/12/1965
The Stormsville Shakers13/12/1965
The Stormsville Shakers14/12/1965
Tony Night’s Chessmen24/12/1965
Herbie Goins And The NightimersTony Knight’s Chessmen24/12/1965
The Birds31/12/1965
Steampacket31/12/1965
The Stormsville Shakers01/01/1966
The Drifters15/01/1966
Spencer Davis Group23/01/1966
Spencer Davis23/01/1966
Ronnie Jones & The Blue Jays06/02/1966
The Soul Agents (with Rod Stewart)11/02/1966
The Small Faces13/02/1966
Jimmy James & The Vagabonds19/02/1966
Herbie Goins & The Night-timers19/02/1966
The Blueberries19/02/1966
Chris Farlowe & the Thunderbirds06/03/1966
St Louis Union13/03/1966
The Action13/03/1966
Irma Thomas26/03/1966
Jimmy James & The Vagabonds27/03/1966
The Pitiful Souls (All-nighter)15/04/1966
Alan Bown Set17/04/1966
Jimmy James & The Vagabonds17/04/1966
Lee Dorsey23/04/1966
John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers08/05/1966
John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers08/05/1966
The Action15/05/1966
The Troggs05/06/1966
The Stormsville Shakers11/06/1966
Shotgun Express11/06/1966
Roy C11/06/1966
Manfred Mann12/06/1966
The Merseys12/06/1966
The Stormsville Shakers26/06/1966
The Small Faces26/06/1966
Jimmy James & The Vagabonds12/07/1966
Jimmy Winston & The Reflections13/08/1966
Edwin Starr13/08/1966
St Louis Union14/08/1966
The Action14/08/1966
Cream20/08/1966
The Action21/08/1966
The Small Faces21/08/1966
Gino Washington & The Ram Jam Ban21/08/1966
Cream30/08/1966
Shotgun Express04/09/1966
Amboy Dukes Big Band17/09/1966
The Noblemen29/09/1966
Amboy Dukes Big Band29/09/1966
The VibrationsThe Noblemen / Amboy Dukes29/09/1966
The Small Faces03/10/1966
Edwin Starr09/10/1966
Ike & Tina Turner (all-nighter)15/10/1966
Jimmy Rufus & Prince Albert (all-nighter)15/10/1966
Ike and Tina Turner15/10/1966
Sonny Childe and The TNT04/11/1966
The CoastersThe Noblemen / Sonny Childe And The T.N.T.04/11/1966
Ben E. King19/11/1966
Dave Antony’s Moods19/11/1966
The Move20/11/1966
Ben E King20/11/1966
Gino Washington & The Ram Jam Ban27/11/1966
Bobby Ebb (all-nighter)04/12/1966
The Drifters (all-nighter)11/12/1966
Herbie Goins & The Nightimers18/12/1966
Brian Augers New Soul Band18/12/1966
The Action18/12/1966
Ronnie Jones &The Blue Jays (all-nighter)24/12/1966
Amboy Dukes Big Band24/12/1966
The Gods26/12/1966
Spellbinders (all-nighter)31/12/1966
Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band (all-nighter)31/12/1966
The Spellbinders31/12/1966
The Alan Bown Set01/01/1967
Otis Clay07/01/1967
Alvin Cash And The CrawlersOtis Clay07/01/1967
Jimi Hendrix08/01/1967
Georgie Fame11/01/1967
The Soul Sisters (all-nighter)14/01/1967
Georgie Fame (all-nighter)21/01/1967
Ben E King04/02/1967
Edwin Starr11/02/1967
Billy Stewart (all-nighter)11/02/1967
The Move12/02/1967
Amboy Dukes Big Band12/02/1967
The Action19/02/1967
Inez and Charlie Foxx (all-nighter)28/02/1967
Amboy Dukes Big Band12/03/1967
Ronnie Jones & The Blue Jays12/03/1967
The Creation27/03/1967
Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Ban15/04/1967
Pink Floyd(all-dayer)07/05/1967
The Web28/05/1967
Procol Harum02/06/1967
Tangerine Ayr Band29/06/1967
Pitiful Souls29/06/1967
The Delroy Good Good Band29/06/1967
Joe Cocker’s Blues Band29/06/1967
Alan Bown Set01/07/1967
Edwin Starr02/07/1967
Fabulous Temptations (all-dayer)03/09/1967
Tomorrow10/09/1967
Amen Corner17/09/1967
Original Drifters23/09/1967
Garnet Mimms (all-dayer)24/09/1967
Jimmy Cliffe and the Shakedown So30/09/1967
Eric Burdon and the Animals01/10/1967
The Nice01/10/1967
Stevie Wonder(all-dayer)08/10/1967

Gigs

(149 entries)
bandsupportdate
The Searchers07/03/1964
Wilson Pickett14/03/1964
Kinks19/05/1964
Alex Harvey Soul Band25/07/1964
John Lee HookerThe Groundhogs07/08/1964
Alex Harvey Soul Band03/10/1964
The Stormsville Shakers05/10/1964
Sonny Boy Williamson10/11/1964
The Yardbirds13/12/1964
Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band01/01/1965
The Soul Agents (with Rod Stewart)05/02/1965
The Stormville Shakers21/02/1965
Herman’s Hermits28/02/1965
The Pretty Things07/03/1965
The Birds (with Ronnie Wood)12/03/1965
The Stormville Shakers28/03/1965
The Birds (with Ronnie Wood)03/04/1965
The Soul Agents (with Rod Stewart)16/04/1965
The Birds (with Ronnie Wood)17/04/1965
John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers19/04/1965
The Stormville Shakers (all-nighter)24/04/1965
The Soul Agents (with Rod Stewart)08/05/1965
The Small Faces (unplanned)22/05/1965
John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers29/05/1965
The Who30/05/1965
The Lizards30/05/1965
The Hollies06/06/1965
The Who29/08/1965
John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers12/09/1965
Bo Diddley13/10/1965
John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers30/10/1965
The Who07/11/1965
The Stormville Shakers (all-nighter)11/11/1965
Wilson Pickett14/11/1965
Bluesology14/11/1965
The Birds (all-nighter)20/11/1965
Bo Street Runners02/12/1965
The Stormsville Shakers11/12/1965
The Stormsville Shakers12/12/1965
The Stormsville Shakers13/12/1965
The Stormsville Shakers14/12/1965
Tony Night’s Chessmen24/12/1965
Herbie Goins And The NightimersTony Knight’s Chessmen24/12/1965
The Birds31/12/1965
Steampacket31/12/1965
The Stormsville Shakers01/01/1966
The Drifters15/01/1966
Spencer Davis Group23/01/1966
Spencer Davis23/01/1966
Ronnie Jones & The Blue Jays06/02/1966
The Soul Agents (with Rod Stewart)11/02/1966
The Small Faces13/02/1966
Jimmy James & The Vagabonds19/02/1966
Herbie Goins & The Night-timers19/02/1966
The Blueberries19/02/1966
Chris Farlowe & the Thunderbirds06/03/1966
St Louis Union13/03/1966
The Action13/03/1966
Irma Thomas26/03/1966
Jimmy James & The Vagabonds27/03/1966
The Pitiful Souls (All-nighter)15/04/1966
Alan Bown Set17/04/1966
Jimmy James & The Vagabonds17/04/1966
Lee Dorsey23/04/1966
John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers08/05/1966
John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers08/05/1966
The Action15/05/1966
The Troggs05/06/1966
The Stormsville Shakers11/06/1966
Shotgun Express11/06/1966
Roy C11/06/1966
Manfred Mann12/06/1966
The Merseys12/06/1966
The Stormsville Shakers26/06/1966
The Small Faces26/06/1966
Jimmy James & The Vagabonds12/07/1966
Jimmy Winston & The Reflections13/08/1966
Edwin Starr13/08/1966
St Louis Union14/08/1966
The Action14/08/1966
Cream20/08/1966
The Action21/08/1966
The Small Faces21/08/1966
Gino Washington & The Ram Jam Ban21/08/1966
Cream30/08/1966
Shotgun Express04/09/1966
Amboy Dukes Big Band17/09/1966
The Noblemen29/09/1966
Amboy Dukes Big Band29/09/1966
The VibrationsThe Noblemen / Amboy Dukes29/09/1966
The Small Faces03/10/1966
Edwin Starr09/10/1966
Ike & Tina Turner (all-nighter)15/10/1966
Jimmy Rufus & Prince Albert (all-nighter)15/10/1966
Ike and Tina Turner15/10/1966
Sonny Childe and The TNT04/11/1966
The CoastersThe Noblemen / Sonny Childe And The T.N.T.04/11/1966
Ben E. King19/11/1966
Dave Antony’s Moods19/11/1966
The Move20/11/1966
Ben E King20/11/1966
Gino Washington & The Ram Jam Ban27/11/1966
Bobby Ebb (all-nighter)04/12/1966
The Drifters (all-nighter)11/12/1966
Herbie Goins & The Nightimers18/12/1966
Brian Augers New Soul Band18/12/1966
The Action18/12/1966
Ronnie Jones &The Blue Jays (all-nighter)24/12/1966
Amboy Dukes Big Band24/12/1966
The Gods26/12/1966
Spellbinders (all-nighter)31/12/1966
Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band (all-nighter)31/12/1966
The Spellbinders31/12/1966
The Alan Bown Set01/01/1967
Otis Clay07/01/1967
Alvin Cash And The CrawlersOtis Clay07/01/1967
Jimi Hendrix08/01/1967
Georgie Fame11/01/1967
The Soul Sisters (all-nighter)14/01/1967
Georgie Fame (all-nighter)21/01/1967
Ben E King04/02/1967
Edwin Starr11/02/1967
Billy Stewart (all-nighter)11/02/1967
The Move12/02/1967
Amboy Dukes Big Band12/02/1967
The Action19/02/1967
Inez and Charlie Foxx (all-nighter)28/02/1967
Amboy Dukes Big Band12/03/1967
Ronnie Jones & The Blue Jays12/03/1967
The Creation27/03/1967
Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Ban15/04/1967
Pink Floyd(all-dayer)07/05/1967
The Web28/05/1967
Procol Harum02/06/1967
Tangerine Ayr Band29/06/1967
Pitiful Souls29/06/1967
The Delroy Good Good Band29/06/1967
Joe Cocker’s Blues Band29/06/1967
Alan Bown Set01/07/1967
Edwin Starr02/07/1967
Fabulous Temptations (all-dayer)03/09/1967
Tomorrow10/09/1967
Amen Corner17/09/1967
Original Drifters23/09/1967
Garnet Mimms (all-dayer)24/09/1967
Jimmy Cliffe and the Shakedown So30/09/1967
Eric Burdon and the Animals01/10/1967
The Nice01/10/1967
Stevie Wonder(all-dayer)08/10/1967