THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD
787) Mojo — “Flower of Love”
This wonderful ’69 B-side alternates between gentle balladry and jaunty interludes, with “The Entertainer”-style piano on occasion, all about a woman “sad and lonely somewhere . . . waiting for someone to love”.
The Mojo Men were certainly fluid. They were great when they were all men (see #140). They were even better when singer Jan Errico joined from the Vejtables (see #84) (and they eventually dropped the “Men” to become simply “Mojo”). They were best (see #275, 720) on their and Jan’s first and only album — ‘69’s Mojo Magic. Jud Cost’s liner notes to the Mojo Men comp Sit Down . . . It’s The Mojo Men states, the album was “[s]addled with one of the most hideous album covers in music history — colored blossoms layered over a group mug shot [and it] sank without a trace.” The group folded soon after. A shame, because Mojo Magic is one of the most glorious sunshine pop albums ever released.
Richie Unterberger tells us that:
One of the earliest San Francisco rock bands, the Mojo Men had local hits on the Autumn label with “Dance With Me,” “She’s My Baby,” and a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Off the Hook” in the mid-’60s. Their early sides displayed a raunchy but thin approach taken from the mold of British Invasion groups . . . . In 1966, after female drummer Jan Errico joined from the San Francisco folk-rock group the Vejtables, they moved to Reprise and pursued folky psychedelic pop directions, and had a Top 40 hit with a Baroque arrangement of Buffalo Springfield’s “Sit Down I Think I Love You” in 1967. In their later days, they developed more intricate arrangements and harmonies that reflected the influence of the Mamas & the Papas and Jefferson Airplane . . . .https://www.allmusic.com/artist/the-mojo-men-mn0000891338/biography
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