|The Mojos: L-R Paul Selan, Charles “Pedro” Jarrett, Rob Harris and Joe Clatworthy|
I recently exchanged emails with Charles Jarrett who was the drummer in popular West Virginia group The Mojos. Charles has provided me with relevant information about his 60s group(s) and permission to use the pictures used in this entry.
The Mojos were a group of teenagers who got together in their home towns of St Albans and Hurricane, WV, to play British Invasion rock 'n' roll. During the early part of 1965 The Mojos started to earn themselves a solid reputation at gigs along with a healthy following.
Soon afterwards Jay Jarrell, a local DJ from Charleston became involved with The Mojos securing them better gigs at a St Albans night club called "The Thunderball" and helped them produce their self penned debut 45 'What She's Done To Me'/'Go' (Mojo 88/124) in 1966.
THE MOJOS - Go
'Go' in particular is a punchy merseybeat inspired mover with a neat guitar break. Both songs were compiled in the early 90s on Sixties Rebellion Volume 14.
At this point in time The Mojos consisted of:
Tom Crouse (vocals)
Joe Clatworthy (vocals/guitar)
Robert Harris (guitar)
Paul Selan (bass)
Charles Jarrett (drums)
|The Mojos at The Thunderball|
Boosted by their growing reputation and a sold out single (500 copies) The Mojos secured gigs outside of St Albans and Charleston. On a visit to Columbus in 1967, The Mojos were talent spotted by Scott Graves at a venue called The Sugar Shack. He took over from Paul Selan's father as group manager and proposed that The Mojos relocate to Columbus with a name change to The Muffetts.
Paul Selan quit the group and was replaced by Steve Farley. The renamed group The Muffetts quickly established themselves as a solid group in Columbus and soon found themselves travelling to Louisville to cut their second 45, 'Heather Girl'/'Lost' (Counterpart Records 2629) with producer Ray Allen who is familiar with me as the producer for The Bad Boys and The Fifth Order.
'Heather Girl' was a popular local record and sales were brisk. I particularly dig the flip 'Lost'...This side is tinged with psychedelia and is notable for the trippy guitar runs with wah wah. 'Lost' got played on American Bandstand "Rate A Record" segment with Dick Clark indicating that it was one of the highest rated songs ever on that segment of the show.
'Heather Girl'/'Lost' was picked up for national release by Laurie Records but I'm almost certain they never got around to releasing it.
(update from a reader) The Muffets 'Lost' was released on Laurie Records as I have a copy on #4560 (weird number for Laurie)
THE MUFFETTS - Lost
|(L-R) Joe Clatworthy, Paul Selan, Jr., Rob Harris, & Charles "Pedro" Jarrett|
The Mojos - 'Go'/'What She's Done To Me' (Mojo)
The Muffetts - 'Heather Girl'/'Lost' (Counterpart Records)
A.G. Pygme and the The Muffett Company - 'Son Of A Poor Man'/'I Thought We Could Work It Out' (Rondo)
The Muffetts - 'Dance, Dance, Dance'/'Make It Alright' (Chelsea Ltd)
|The scans of the rarely seen Muffetts 45 on Laurie Records was sent in by Gregg Conover, a fellow record archivist who writes about his own collection here: poppacool.blogspot.com|