Guide to British Music of the 1960s


The Mojos

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Stu James (born Stuart Leslie James Slater) - vocals, Adrian Wilkinson - lead guitar, Terry O'Toole - piano, Keith Karlson (born Keith Alcock) - bass, Bob Konrad (born John Konrad) - drums

Hailing from Liverpool, the band was first known as the Nomads. In this guise they recorded a track for the album This is Merseybeat called My Whole Life Through. O'Toole had joined the band at the suggestion of George Harrison. They changed their name to the Mojos by the time the first single on Decca They Say You Found a New Baby was released, having discovered that a London group was already called The Nomads. Adrian Wilkinson left at this stage and was replaced by Nicky Crouch who had previously played with Faron's Flamingos. The single did not make the charts and the Mojos followed many other bands to play the Hamburg circuit. The second single Everything's Alright was recorded while in Hamburg. This self-written song was the group's only single to make the top ten. Why Not Tonight and Seven Daffodils both made the chart reaching 25 and 30 respectively.

At the end of 1964, Karlson, O'Toole and Konrad all left the band. Aynsley Dunbar joined on drums and Lewis Collins on bass. Dunbar had played with a number of Liverpool bands including the Exchequers and Freddie Starr & the Flamongos. The band was unable to replicate its earlier success despite being billed as Stu James & the Mojos on Wait a Minute and releasing its final single, after breaking up, on Liberty. Nicky Crouch left the band in 1966.

Lewis Collins later became an actor as is best-known for playing the part of Bodie in The Professionals. Aynsley Dunbar played with a number of different bands, joining John Mayall's Bluebreakers immediately after Stu James & the Mojos and then the Jeff Beck Group.

Everything's Alright, the complete recordings of The Mojos, was issued in 2009.

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