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The Mojo Men

Singer/bassist Jim Alaimo, guitarist Paul Curcio, drummer Dennis DeCarr, and keyboardist Don Metchick were bandmates in Florida who moved to San Francisco in 1964 to form a new band. There they met Sylvester Stewart, later known as Sly Stone, then a record producer at Autumn Records for acts such as The Beau Brummels and The Vejtables. Stewart and the band recorded a few songs under the name Sly and the Mojo Men but Stewart, unsatisfied with the results, chose not to release them. He continued working with the band as a songwriter and producer on "Dance with Me" (1965), the Mojo Men's first song to enter the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and "She's My Baby" (1966).

DeCarr left the group in 1966 and was replaced by drummer/vocalist Jan Errico, formerly of the Vejtables. The Mojo Men then moved from Autumn to Reprise Records, where the band's earlier British Invasion-influenced garage rock style evolved into pop/folk rock. In 1967, the band released a Baroque cover version of Buffalo Springfield's "Sit Down, I Think I Love You". Written by Stephen Stills and arranged by Van Dyke Parks, the song became the Mojo Men's first and only top 40 single. Metchick left the band in 1968, and the remaining trio shortened their name to The Mojo, and then just Mojo, before they released their lone studio album, Mojo Magic, on GRT Records. The group disbanded in 1969.

"Sit Down, I Think I Love You" was included on the seminal 1972 Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968 garage rock compilation album. Sundazed Records released three Mojo Men compilation albums between 1995 and 2003, and in 2008 Big Beat Records released the compilation Not Too Old to Start Cryin': The Lost 1966 Masters. The band's single "She's My Baby" was sampled on Kanye West's "Hell of a Life", a song from his 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

The Mojo Men were a rock music band, inspired by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, that recorded for the Autumn Records label in San Francisco, California, U.S.. One of their minor hits, 1965's "Dance With Me", and a number of other records, were produced by Sylvester Stewart, later better known as Sly Stone.
One of the first San Francisco psychedelic bands, the Mojo Men began as a British Invasion inspired group, even covering the Rolling Stones' "Off The Hook". But following the arrival of drummer Jan Ashton, the group developed more intricate arrangements and harmonies that reflected the psychedelic folk/rock influences of bands like Jefferson Airplane and the Mamas and the Papas. They were one of the premier bands that help shape the San Francisco Sound.

Their only Top 40 hit was their cover version of a Stephen Stills' song he wrote and sang for Buffalo Springfield. It was entitled "Sit Down, I Think I Love You", released in March 1967, and featured a new member, Jan Ericco/Ashton, a female vocalist/drummer who had defected from another San Francisco band, The Vejtables. According to The Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn, "Sit Down, I Think I Love You" was on the Top 40 for three weeks and peaked at number 36. Whitburn failed to include Jan Ericco's name with the other members.

 

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Sit Down I Think I Love You

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