The Mojos

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This article is about the British band. For other uses, see Mojo.
Not to be confused with Asaf Avidan & the Mojos.
The Mojos
Also known as Stu James and the Mojos
Origin Liverpool, England
Genres Merseybeat, Pop, Rock
Years active circa 1963–1968
Labels Decca Records
Associated acts Nicky Crouch's Mojos
Stephanie de Sykes
Members Stu James
Nicky Crouch
Terry O'Toole
Keith Karlson
John "Bob" Conrad
Past members Aynsley Dunbar
Lewis Collins
Adrian Wilkinson

The Mojos are a British beat group from the 1960s, best known for their hit UK single, "Everything's Alright", with two other singles charting low in the UK Singles Chart in 1964.[1]

Biography[edit]

The band formed under the name The Nomads as a duo in 1962 and originally consisted of bassist Keith Karlson (born Keith Alcock) and John "Bob" Conrad. After that the band was joined in September 1962 by lead singer, pianist Stu James (born Stuart Slater), rhythm guitarist, vocalist Adrian Lord (born Adrian Wilkinson). The band continued without a lead guitarist when Wood left. At the suggestion of Beatle George Harrison, pianist Terry O'Toole was added to the lineup in August 1963; Harrison having heard him play at a jazz club. The band also changed their name in August 1963 to The Mojos and Lord changed from rhythm guitarist to lead guitarist. This lineup recorded "My Whole Life Through", which was featured on the Oriole Records This is Merseybeat compilation album,[2] and the debut single "They Say You Found A New Baby".

Despite having written the single's b-side, Lord (Wilkinson) left the group soon after its release in October 1963 and was replaced by Nicky Crouch (formerly of Faron's Flamingos) (born Nicholas Crouch, Aintree). This was the line-up that was to continue until October 1964, recording the group's three charting singles - "Everything's Alright" (no. 9), "Why Not Tonight" (no. 25) and "Seven Daffodils" (no. 30)[1] - as well as two further singles and an EP. Like many of their contemporaries the group played at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany.[3]

In October 1964, Karlson, Conrad and O'Toole left the group and James and Crouch were joined by drummer Aynsley Dunbar and bassist Lewis Collins (26 May 1946 - 27 November 2013). This line-up recorded the singles "Comin' On to Cry" and "Goodbye, Dolly Gray" (released as by "Stu James and the Mojos"), for Decca, and "Until My Baby Comes Home", for Liberty - before disbanding in September 1966.[4]

James moved to Southampton and reformed The Mojos in 1968 with local musicians Eddie Harnett on lead guitar, Duncan Campbell on bass and Martin Smith on drums.

Collins became an actor, starring in The Professionals, and Dunbar became a noted session musician, playing with Frank Zappa, David Bowie and John Mayall, among others. Crouch currently plays in a group called Nicky Crouch's Mojos, which features members of other 1960s Merseybeat acts, including The Swinging Blue Jeans, Rory Storm & The Hurricanes and Faron's Flamingos.[5]

Discography[edit]

Year Single UK Singles Chart
1963 A. "They Say" (Byers)
B. "Forever" (Wilkinson)
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1964 A. "Everything's Al'right" (Crouch/Konrad/Staveley/James/Karlson)
B. "Give Your Lovin' To Me" (Staveley/James/Karlson)
No. 9
A. "Why Not Tonight" (James/O'Toole)
B. "Don't Do It Any More" (James)
No. 25
A. "Seven Daffodils" (Hayes/Moseley)
B. "Nothin' At All" (James/Crouch)
No. 30
"The Mojos" EP[6]
1. "Everything's Alright" (Crouch/Konrad/Staveley/James/Karlson)
2. "I Got My Mojo Working" (Foster)
3. "The One Who Really Loves You" (Robinson)
4. "Nobody But Me" (Isley/Isley/Isley)
-
1965 A. "Comin' On to Cry" (James/Crouch)
B. "That's The Way It Goes" (James/Crouch)
-
A. "Wait a Minute" (Lynch/Shuman)
B. "Wonder If She Knows" (James/Crouch)
(as Stu James and the Mojos)
-
1967 A. "Goodbye, Dolly Gray" (Cobb/Barnes)
B. "I Just Can't Let Her Go" (Ross)
-
1968 A. "Until My Baby Comes Home" (Slater)
B. "Seven Park Avenue" (Slater)
-

A compilation entitled Everything's Alright: The Complete Recordings was released in 2009 by RPM Records. As its name suggests, it features all of the above (plus the 'This is Merseybeat' compilation album track "My Whole Life Through"), in chronological order by release date.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 374. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 122. CN 5585. 
  3. ^ May, Chris; Phillips, Tim (1974). British Beat. London: Socion Books. p. 14. ISBN 0-903985-01-2. 
  4. ^ "The Mojos biography". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  5. ^ "Nicky Crouch's Mojos". Nicky Crouch. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  6. ^ "The Mojos - Everything's Al'right / I Got My Mojo Working - Decca - UK - DFE 8591". 45cat. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  7. ^ "The Mojos Everything's Alright - The Complete Recordings UK CD ALBUM (471558)". eil.com. Retrieved 2009-07-16. 

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