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Sheffields, The

Originally known as The Vampires, The Sheffields formed in Sheffield, Yorkshire (where else?) in 1963 and got their break when they won a ‘battle of the bands’ contest at the City Hall in September of that year.

Signing to Pye Records, they released three Tony Hatch-produced singles – the best remembered being their cover of the classic R&B song, Got My Mojo Working (released as their second single in 1964).

They were managed for a short time by Peter Stringfellow (who ran the Black Cat and Blue Moon nightclubs in Sheffield), but possibly their biggest claim to fame was acting as backing band to Little Walter and Memphis Slim on their 1964 tour of the UK.

The Sheffields called it a day in 1965. Guitarist Roy Ledger joined Dave Berry’s Cruisers.

During their final year together, The Sheffields also often moonlighted (in horror makeup) as Frankenstein & the Monsters, backing singer Ray Stuart as Frankenstein.

John Alexander
Vocals, organ, harmonica
Roy Ledger
Dave Fawcett
Bass, guitar
Richard Smith
Don Allison
Brian Cooke