It’s all systems go for 1960s King Mojo reunion

King Mojo : Joel White & The Esquire
King Mojo : Joel White & The Esquire
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IT would be hard to find a better suited act for the re-creation of one of the city’s most legendary clubs, Peter Stringfellow’s King Mojo.

Joel White & The Esquire are steeped in Sheffield 1960s music history.

King Mojo: Peter Stringfellow

King Mojo: Peter Stringfellow

Joel’s dad is local guitar legend Frank White, the man who first made his name at Shalesmoor’s Club 60, a venue that kick-started much of the local scene in 1960.

Frank is set to guest at a celebratory King Mojo night happening at The Leadmill on November 23.

The Esquire bit of Joel’s band name is a nod to King Mojo’s rival, the venue of that name that used to sit above where the Leadmill now operates.

Joel White & The Esquire are to be joined on stage by another legend of the era, Dave Berry, who dominated the charts for much of the 1960s.

The band, though not around first time around, live and breathe the sounds of Georgie Fame, Dusty Springfield, Ray Charles and scores of other icons.

You may have caught members in other guises.

“Before coming together to share their passion for all things 1960s these guys have clocked up an impressive work history performing with names such as Jools Holland, Richard Hawley, Amy Winehouse, Pulp and Chris Rea,” says Joel.

“Venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Glastonbury, jazz clubs, that little place down the road, TV slots as session musicians, recording artists in their own right... these guys have done the lot and everything in between.”

The star of the show is undoubtedly going to be Peter Stringfellow, however, the man who made it all happen at King Mojo, in Pitsmoor, from 1964 to 1967.

DJs Stevlor & The Spinning Orphans are devising an authentic King Mojo set, dressing the stage in 1960s fashion will be Okeh Cafe and making the King Mojo sign is Dave Manvell, one name behind two King Mojo books. Poster design is from 90-year-old Colin Duffield – he did the original King Mojo posters in the 1960s – and celebrated Leadmill poster designer Martin Bedford with his own take on the evening. Musician and writer John Firminger will MC.

The event marks the publication of Neil Anderson’s book Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1960s Sheffield.

“To get such an iconic line-up on the same stage for one night is truly fantastic – it’s going to be a great night,” says the city author.

Advance tickets cost £10 with profits to Sheffield Blitz Memorial Fund.