Stringfellow rediscovers his MOJO

Peter Stringfellow and Neil Anderson launch the Mojo book at The Leadmill
Peter Stringfellow and Neil Anderson launch the Mojo book at The Leadmill
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KING Mojo himself Peter Stringfellow held court with city music legends Dave Berry and Frank White at a special book party last night in Sheffield.

The world’s most colourful nightclub boss returned home to rock and roll back the years with pals and club-goers to recreate his iconic King Mojo club.

It was the venue that launched his empire, crowned him king of clubs, and sparked the city’s music scene back in the swinging sixties.

The reunion was organised to mark the publication of Neil Anderson’s new book, The Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1960s Sheffield.

The King Mojo, which ran from 1964 to 1967, played host to the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Ike and Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, Pink Floyd, Elton John, The Kinks, The Who and more.

As nightclubs go it was a civilised place on the surface - alcohol was forbidden, Sheffield’s Lord Mayor was a regular, and pictures of the Royal Family lined the walls.

But it was closed down after complaints about noisy and riotous dancing which caused the coffee bar floor to collapse.

Originally in Burngreave Road, Pitsmoor, it was recreated for the book launch in another iconic city venue, The Leadmill.

Performing was guitar legend Frank White’s son Joel with his band The Esquire and others.

Profits from the night will go to The Star backed Sheffield Blitz Memorial Appeal, to establish a new blitz walk through the city.

And that was one of the reasons why Stringfellow agreed to turn out.

He said: “I was asked for a quote for the book and told about the blitz appeal so I decided to help. I’m going to make a donation. I was part of all that. I was about three months old when Sheffield was first blitzed by the German bombers.

“But the Mojo club also has so many magical memories for me. Dave Berry made me my first money and I’ve never looked back.”

Dad-of-two Stringfellow, 71, revealed he’s planning to become a father again next year - after an ultimatum from his 29-year-old former Royal Ballet dancer wife Bella Wright.

He told The Star: “I’m going to have to do it all again. I’ve had my ultimatum - either a baby next year or it’s over!”

But one thing he won’t be doing is I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.

He said: “They offered me £350,000. Luckily I don’t need it. I ain’t going to eat any kangaroo testicles and creepy-crawlies that make me scream like a girl.”

n Dirty Stop Out’s Guide To 1960s Sheffield is published by ACM Retro and available from The Star shop in York Street.

n Watch our video report with Peter Stringfellow at thestar.co.uk/video