The Mojos’ gigs 1963-1969

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The original Mojos. Photo: Fabulous 208

Welcome to another posting of a series of gig listings for 1960s bands. None of these lists is exhaustive and my idea is to add to them in the comments section below over time. They are here for future researchers to draw on.  I have also added a few interesting bits of information and will add images in time.

I’d like to encourage band members to get in touch to share memories, or for anyone to send corrections/clarifications to my email: Warchive@aol.com 

Equally important, if you attended any of the gigs below or played in the support band, please do leave your memories below in the comments section for future historians to use. If you know of any missing gigs, please add them too, if possible, with the sources.

Stu James (real name: Stuart Slater) (lead vocals)

Terry O’Toole (piano)

Adrian Wilkinson (lead guitar)

Keith Karlson (real name: Keith Alcock) (bass)

Jon “Bob” Conrad (drums)

Photo: Fabulous 208. Left to right: Jon Conrad, Nicky Crouch, Keith Karlson, Terry O’Toole and Stu James

Formed as The Nomads in early 1962 by lead guitarist Roy Woods and bass player Keith Karlson, the group briefly included future Easybeats drummer Snowy Fleet before he emigrated to Australia; his place taken by Jon Conrad.

The Nomads were subsequently joined by singer/pianist Stu James and rhythm guitarist Adrian Wilkinson (who moved to lead when Woods departed) that September.

Terry O’Toole joined on piano (with James focusing on singing) in August 1963 and the band became The Mojos.

That September, Nicky Crouch replaced Adrian Wilkinson. This formation was responsible for recording the band’s three UK charting singles, including top 10 hit, “Everything’s Alright”.

 

Selected gigs:

24 November 1963 – Agincourt Ballroom, Camberley, Surrey with The Dynamos

26 November 1963 – Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks

1964

11 March 1964 – Hermitage Ballroom, Hitchin, Herts with Bryan & The Hangmen

14 March 1964 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with Johnny Washington & The Congressmen and Sonny with The Stylos

 

16 April 1964 – Colchester Odeon, Colchester, Essex with The Kinks, The Dave Clark 5, The Hollies, The Treble Tones and Mark Wynter

 

2 May 1964 – Astoria, Finsbury Park, north London with The Dave Clark Five, The Hollies, Mark Wynter, The Kinks and Trebletones

3 May 1964 – Odeon, Lewisham, southeast London with The Dave Clark Five, The Hollies, Mark Wynter, The Kinks and Trebletones

10 May 1964 – Granada, Walthamstow, north London with The Dave Clark Five, The Hollies, Mark Wynter, The Kinks and Trebletones

16 May 1964 – Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

17 May 1964 – Oasis, Manchester

20 May 1964 – Club 99, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

21 May 1964 – Top Rank, Birkenhead

22 May 1964 – New Court, Wigan

23 May 1964 – Memorial Hall, Northwich, Cheshire

24 May 1964 – Charity show, Pigalle, central London

28 May 1964 – Locarno, Swindon, Wiltshire

29 May 1964 – Continental, Edmonton, Middlesex

30 May 1964 – Goldhawk Social Club, Shepherd’s Bush, west London

31 May 1964 – Co-op Hall, Addlestone, Surrey

 

3 June 1964 – Salisbury City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire

5 June 1964 – Oasis, Manchester

7 June 1964 – Princess of Wales (Kingsbury?) north London

13 June 1964 – Town Hall, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex with Screaming Lord Sutch and The Beatfinders

14 June 1964 – JLB Charity, Manchester

17 June 1964 – Top Rank, Bradford

18 June 1964 – Top Rank, Birkenhead

19 June 1964 – Leicester University

20 June 1964 – Floral Hall, Morecambe, Lancashire (more likely Southport)

22 June 1964 – Bure Club, Mudeford, Dorset (Beat Monthly has The Windmill, Rushden)

24 June 1964 – Agincourt Ballroom, Camberley, Surrey (Beat Monthly has Town Hall, Farnborough, Hants)

25 June 1964 – Assembly Hall, Worthing, West Sussex

26 June 1964 – Town Hall, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

27 June 1964 – The Royalty, Chester, Cheshire

28 June 1964 – Britannia Theatre, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

 

1 July 1964 – Top Rank, Bristol

3 July 1964 – The Palace, Maryport

4 July 1964 – Loughborough College, Loughborough

5 July 1964 – Britannia Theatre, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk with The Karl Denver Trio, Mark Wynter, Marty Wilde, Daryl Quist & The Gamblers, The Crestas, The Plebs and Larry Burns

8 July 1964 – Top Rank, Preston

9 July 1964 – The Palace, Douglas, Isle of Man

10 July 1964 – Oasis, Manchester

11 July 1964 – Civic Hall, Nantwich, Cheshire

12 July 1964 – Britannia Theatre, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

17 July 1964 – Sankey’s, Wellington

18 July 1964 – The Astoria, Rawtenstall

19 July 1964 – Britannia Theatre, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

20 July 1964 – Assembly Rooms, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

22 July 1964 – Attic Club, 1a High Street, Hounslow, Middlesex with The Soundcasters

23 July 1964 – Town Hall, Kidderminster, Worcestershire

24 July 1964 – Palladium, Pembroke Dock

25 July 1964 – The Palace, Wolverton

26 July 1964 – Commodore, Rhyde

29 July 1964 – Corn Exchange, Bristol

 

1-9 August 1964 – Tour of Scotland

14 August 1964 – Queen’s, Burslem

17 August 1964 – Cellar Club, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey

22 August 1964 – Hastings Pier, Hastings, East Sussex

28 August 1964 – Wimbledon Palais, Wimbledon, southwest London with Demons and UK’s

29 August 1964 – Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire with The Phantoms and Banger & The Hermits

 

7 September 1964 – Cellar, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey

8 September 1964 – Colchester Odeon, Colchester, Essex with The Rolling Stones, Mike Berry & The Innocents, Simon Scott & The Le Roys and Inez and Charlie Foxx

25 September 1964 – Gaumont, Hanley, Staffordshire

26 September 1964 – Odeon, Bradford

27 September 1964 – Hippodrome, Birmingham

28 September 1964 – Odeon, Romford

29 September 1964 – Odeon, Guildford, Surrey

 

1 October 1964 – Colston Hall, Bristol

2 October 1964 – Odeon, Exeter, Devon

3 October 1964 – Royal Edmonton, Edmonton, Middlesex with The Rolling Stones, Mike Berry & The Innocents, Simon Scott and The Leroys and Inez and Charlie Foxx

4 October 1964 – Gaumont, Southampton, Hants

5 October 1964 – Gaumont, Wolverhamton, West Midlands

6 October 1964 – Gaumount, Watford, Herts

8 October 1964 – Gaumont, Lewisham, southeast London

9 October 1964 – Gaumont, Ipswich, Suffolk

10 October 1964 – Southend Odeon, Southend, Essex with The Rolling Stones, Mike Berry & The Innocents, Charlie & Inez Foxx and Simon Scott & The Leroys

11 October 1964 – Hippodrome, Brighton, West Sussex

Around this time, Conrad, Karlson and O’Toole departed to form The Epics.

James and Crouch continued with The Mojos name bringing in drummer Aynsley Dunbar and bass player Lewis Collins. The quartet recorded two singles for Decca as Stu James & The Mojos: “Comin’ On To Cry” and “Wait a Minute”. 

Photo: Fabulous 208. Left to right: Lewis Collins (front), Aynsley Dunbar, Nicky Crouch and Stu James

16 October 1964 – Gig in Nelson, Lancashire (probably Imperial Ballroom)

17 October 1964 – Gig in Dunstable, Bedfordshire (probably California Ballroom)

18 October 1964 – Gig in Hampstead, north London

19 October 1964 – Gig in Willenhall

23 October 1964 – Sankey’s, Wellington

24 October 1964 – Pier, Portsmouth, Hants

25 October 1964 – Gig in Wembley, Middlesex (possibly Starlite Ballroom, Greenford)

30 October 1964 – Central Pier, Morecambe, Lancashire

31 October 1964 – Oasis, Manchester

 

1 November 1964 – North End Working Men’s Club, Kettering, Northamptonshire

6 November 1964 – The Tower, New Brighton

7 November 1964 – Spa Royal, Bridlington

8 November 1964 – Oasis, Manchester

9 November 1964 – Streatham Silver Links, Streatham, southwest London

11 November 1964 – Blue Lagoon, Newquay, Cornwall

13 November 1964 – Co-op Hall, Gravesend, Kent

14 November 1964 – Drill Hall, Grantham, Lincolnshire

18 November 1964 – Corn Exchange, Bristol

20 November 1964 – Winchester Lido, Winchester, Hampshire with Pete Rivers and The Kingfishers

21 November 1964 – Market Hall, Redhill, Surrey

22 November 1964 – Gig in Mudeford, Dorset

25 November 1964 – Hermitage Ballroom, Hitchin, Hertfordshire with The King Bees

26 November 1964 – Maple Ballroom, Northampton with The Manta Men

27 November 1964 – Starlite Ballroom, Greenford, Middlesex

28 November 1964 – Leas Cliff, Folkestone, Kent

29 November 1964 – Southall Community Centre, Southall, Middlesex

 

1 December 1964 – New Civic Hall, Grays, Essex

4 December 1964 – Hillside, Hereford

5 December 1964 – Baths, Scunthorpe

6 December 1964 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham

7 December 1964 – The Cavern, Liverpool

9 December 1964 – Town Hall, Farnborough, Hampshire with support

11 December 1964 – County Hall, LCC, central London

12 December 1964 – Whitehall, East Grinstead, West Sussex with The Zinging Zabres

17 December 1964 – RAF Marham

18 December 1964 – Queen’s, Tredegar

19 December 1964 – George Hotel, Hinckley, Leicestershire

23 December 1964 – Town Hall, Birmingham

26 December 1964 – Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex

Left to right: Nicky Crouch, Aynsley Dunbar, Lewis Collins (front) and Stu James

1965

9 January 1965 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with The Sneakers

17 January 1965 – Carlton Ballroom, Slough, Berkshire

23 January 1965 – Conservative Club, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire with The Rumble Blue Men, The Ancestors and Requests

25 January 1965 – Atlanta Ballroom, Woking, Surrey

There’s a great article on The Mojos in the Staines and Egham News, 29/1/65, page 12

 5 February 1965 – Kooky-Nook, Windsor, Berkshire

5 February 1965 – Dreamland Ballroom, Margate, Kent with Ten Feet Five

23 March 1965 – St Joseph’s Hall, Basingstoke, Hampshire with The Muleskinners

25 March 1965 – Parkside Hall, Ampthill, Bedfordshire with The King Snakes

 

11 April 1965 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham

 

3 July 1965 – Clacton Town Hall, Clacton, Essex with The Birds and The Blue Jades

6 July 1965 – Gala Ballroom, Norwich with The Crowd

7 July 1965 – Top Hat, Littlehampton, West Sussex

7 August 1965 – Galaxy Club, Town Hall, Basingstoke, Hampshire (billed as Stu James & The Mojos)

21 August 1965 – Coronation Ballroom, Ramsgate, Kent with The Cygnets

31 August 1965 – Witham Public Hall, Witham, Essex with The Pentad (billed as Stu James & The Mojos)

 

9 September 1965 – Dorothy Ballroom, Cambridge

19 September 1965 – Agincourt Ballroom, Camberley, Surrey with The Alleycats

24 September 1965 – The Cavern, Liverpool

 

1 November 1965 – Shoreline Club, Bognor Regis, West Sussex

9 November 1965 – Cricketers Inn, Southend, Essex with The Orioles

20 November 1965 – Hermitage Ballroom, Hitchin, Hertfordshire with Trekkers

 

13 December 1965 – Woodhall Community Centre, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

1966

23 January 1966 – Cromer Olympia, Cromer, Norfolk with The Persuasions

27 January 1966 – Afan Lido, Port Talbot, Wales with The Smokestacks

 

5 March 1966 – Pier Pavilion, Colwyn Bay, Wales with Rob Storme & The Whispers

14 March 1966 – Cricketers Inn, Southend, Essex

25 March 1966 – Parkside, Ampthill, Bedfordshire with The King Snakes

 

11 April 1966 – Ashton Palais, Greater Manchester

17 April 1966 – 76 Club, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire with Memphis Five

 

21 May 1966 – Town Hall, Louth, Lincolnshire with The Moonspinners

 

3 June 1966 – Diss Corn Hall, Diss, Norfolk with Unit 4

4 June 1966 – Victoria Cross Gallery, Wantage, Oxfordshire

10 June 1966 – Royal Albion Hotel, Walton-on-Naze, Essex

 

8 July 1966 – Salvation College Hall, Harrow Weald, northwest London with The Mode

23 July 1966 – Disc Club, St Martin’s Centre, Colchester, Essex with The She Trinity

30 July 1966 – Corby Civic Centre, Corby, Northamptonshire with Traffic

 

25 August 1966 – Dooley Fort, Felixstowe, Suffolk

27 August 1966 – Grimsby Rugby Union Football Ground, Grimsby, Humberside with Mike Taylor Jazz Band

 

10 September 1966 – Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire

Record Mirror’s 10 September issue noted that Lew Collins had joined Robb Storme’s band which featured Tony Ollard on guitar.

Record Mirror’s 24 September issue noted that Aynsley Dunbar had left. He joined John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers before the month was out.

Crouch and James replaced them with drummer Stan Bennett and bass player Deke Vernon from Birmingham.

Left to right: Stu James, Martin Smith, Deke Vernon and Nicky Crouch

Bennett was subsequently replaced by drummer Martin “Cuddles” Smith from Southampton. This line-up recorded the band’s final Decca single, “Good-Bye Dolly Grey”.

9 October 1966 – Waggon & Horses, Wall Heath, West Midlands

14 October 1966 – 3 Men in a Boat, Walsall, West Midlands

 

13 November 1966 – Union Rowing Club, Nottingham

2 December 1966 – Bluesette Club, Bridge Street, Leatherhead, Surrey

9 December 1966 – The ‘Manor’, Newington Public Hall, Walworth Road, London with Mike Berry & The Luvvers and Bobby King & The Sabres

1967

10 January 1967 – Walton Hop, Walton Playhouse, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey (billed as New Mojo Band)

21 January 1967 – Walton Hop, Walton Playhouse, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey (this may be February)

 

13 February 1967 – Drill Hall, Newmarket, Suffolk

17 February 1967 – Town Hall, Haverhill, Suffolk

Photo: Woking Herald

21 February 1967 – Walton Hop, Walton Playhouse, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey

23 February 1967 – Cobweb, Marine Court, St Leonards, East Sussex with Fingers Lee

4 March 1967 – Lewes Town Hall, Lewes, West Sussex with The Swinging Blue Jeans and The Individuals

Photo: Melody Maker

26 March 1967 – Starlite, Greenford, west London with The Gods (Billed as The New Mojo’s)

1 April 1967 – Evington Boys’ Club, Evington, Leicestershire (billed as The New Mojos)

Photo: Woking Herald

15 April 1967 – Walton Hop, Walton Playhouse, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey

28 April 1967 – Tiger’s Head, Catford, southeast London (billed as New Mojo Band)

 

13 May 1967 – Alexandra Hall, Halifax with The Reaction

20 May 1967 – Spa Royal Hall, Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire with Paul & Barry Ryan, 21st Century and The Penjants (billed as The New Mojos)

 

22 June 1967 – Go Go Club, Labour Hall, Gillingham, Kent

 

7 July 1967 – Gaiety Ballroom, Grimsby, Humberside with Long John Baldry Show with Stewart A Brown, Alan Walker and Bluesology

It may have been around this time that the band spent a few months working at a luxury hotel in the Ivory Coast.

16 September 1967 – Lewes Town Hall, Lewes, West Sussex with The Individuals and The Tornados

30 September 1967 – White Buck Inn, Burley, Dorset with Nathan’s Ware

27 October 1967 – Regal Ballroom, Bonnyrigg, Scotland with The Riot Squad and The Klan

27 October 1967 – Whitburn Miners’ Welfare, West Lothian, Scotland with The Bo Weavols and Three’s a Crowd

29 October 1967 – Kinema Ballroom, Dunfermline, Scotland

30 October 1967 – Raith Ballroom, Kirkcaldy, Scotland

31 October 1967 – The Hub Club, Clydebank, Scotland

 

5 November 1967 – Kinema Ballroom, Dunfermline, Scotland

12 November 1967 – Kinema Ballroom, Dunfermline, Scotland

 

2 December 1967 – The Cavern, Liverpool with The Tee Time Shock, Fred Lloyd’s Bicycle and The Bare Essentials

9 December 1967 – The Night Prowler, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk with Soul Concern

15 December 1967 – Garden Village Youth Club, Wrexham, Wales with Legal Matter and Opposition

1968

24 January 1968 – The Cavern, Liverpool with The Perfumed Garden, The Beechwoods, Fred Lloyd and Gerry Shaw

Left to right: Stuart Slater (aka Stu James), Martin Smith, Eddie Harnett and Duncan Campbell

Around this time Stu James relocated to the Southampton area and started performing under his real name Stuart Slater.

He retained Martin Smith but split from Nicky Crouch and Deke Vernon and added two new musicians from the local area: guitarist/singer Eddie Harnett and bass player singer/Duncan Campbell.

23 February 1968 – The Cobweb, St Leonards, East Sussex with Fingers Lee

30 March 1968 – Ritz, Bournemouth, Dorset with The Derek James Show

6 April 1968 – Weymouth Pavilion Ballroom, Weymouth, Dorset

 

3 May 1968 – Steering Wheel, Weymouth, Dorset

10 May 1968 – Stonehenge Inn, Durrington, Wiltshire (billed as Stu James & The Mojo’s)

11 May 1968 – Il Rondo, Leicester

22 May 1968 – Walking Dog Club, White Horse Hotel, Quidhampton, Wiltshire

25 May 1968 – Mistrale Club, Beckenham Junction, south London with Sweet Rain

In June, the band released its new single on Liberty Records “Until My Baby Comes Home”.

NME review, June 1968, of the band’s lone 45 on Liberty

15 June 1968 – Steering Wheel, Weymouth, Dorset

26 June 1968 – Mackadown, Kitts Green, West Midlands with Morning Dew

29 June 1968 – East Cliff YC, Bournemouth, Dorset with The Feel

Around this time drummer Tony House took over from Martin Smith on drums.

1 July 1968 – Belfry, Wishaw, West Midlands

19 July 1968 – Weymouth Pavilion Ballroom, Weymouth, Dorset (billed as Mojos with Stu James)

20 July 1968 – The Crown, Midhurst, West Sussex

Beat Instrumental’s July 1968 issue, page 31 listed the following line up: 

Stu James – vocals/rhythm guitar (b. 14 June 1945, Liverpool)

Duncan Campbell – bass (b. 19 December 1947, Cheltenham)

Eddie Barnett – lead guitar (b. 19 June 1949, Southampton)

Tony House – drums (b. 19 March 1949, London)

4 August 1968 – Concorde, Southampton, Hampshire

9 August 1968 – Punchbowl, Latchworth, West Midlands

10 August 1968 – Il Rondo, Leicester

11 August 1968 – New Forest Hotel, Ashurst, Hampshire

Fabulous 208 Magazine‘s 24 August 1968 issue, page 3, reported that Stu James and Nicky Crouch had gone to the Ivory Coast to play in a luxury hotel with a new group for three months (1967). It added that James now had a new version together and was working on an LP. 

7 September 1968 – Lewes Town Hall, Lewes, East Sussex with The Carl Douglas & The Big Stampede and The Fascination

12 September 1968 – Southampton Pavilion, Southampton, Hampshire with Fusion

21 September 1968 – Crosfield Hall, Ramsey, Hampshire with The Poppies (billed as The Mojo featuring Stu James)

23 September 1968 – Empire Hall, Totton, Hampshire

 

3 October 1968 – Concorde, Southampton, Hampshire

12 October 1968 – East Cliff Youth Club, Bournemouth, Dorset

13 October 1968 – Byron, Greenford, west London

19 October 1968 – Union Rowing Club, Nottingham

27 October 1968 – Regal, Ringwood, Dorset

 

28 November 1968 – Hatchetts Playground, Piccadilly, central London

29 November 1968 – Mistrale, Beckenham, south London with Kaleidoscope

30 November 1968 – White Buck Inn, Burley, Dorset with The Axis

 

1 December 1968 – Industrial Club, Norwich, Norfolk

7 December 1968 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with Pure Medicine

8 December 1968 – Parley Sports Club, Parley, Dorset

26 December 1968 – Marine Ballroom, Lyme Regis, Dorset

1969

29 January 1969 – Reading University, Reading, Berkshire with The Inflatable Tags

 

6 February 1969 – Hatchetts Playground, Piccadilly, central London

 

6 March 1969 – Hatchetts Playground, Piccadilly, central London

8 March 1969 – Hastings Pier, Hastings, East Sussex with Beat Syndicate

 

4 April 1969 – Globetrotters Club, Poole, Dorset

 

9 May 1969 – Globetrotters Club, Poole, Dorset

23 May 1969 – Globetrotters Club, Poole, Dorset

 

27 December 1969 – Ritz, Bournemouth, Dorset

Sources include:

Aldershot News, Beat Instrumental, Beat Monthly, Fabulous 208 Magazine, Dorset Evening Echo, Eastern Evening News, Evening Argus (Brighton), Littlehampton Post, Hull Daily Mail, Melody Maker, Nottingham Evening Post, Southern Echo, Surrey Comet, Windsor, Slough and Eton Express, Woking Herald, Woking News & Mail, Birmingham Evening Mail, Essex County Standard, Southend Standard and Essex Weekly Advertiser, Sussex Express and County Herald, Wrexham Leader, Streatham News, Eastern Evening News, Evening Star (Ipswich), Welwyn Times, Bucks Free Press, Lyme Regis News, Tottenham Weekly Herald and Yarmouth Mercury.

Many thanks to Stuart Slater for his help and for providing some of the band images. Thanks to Rolf Hannet for providing some of the Beat Monthly and Beat Instrumental gigs.

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