Heads to the Sky
Monthly, Wednesday 6-8pm
Soul, Disco, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Ramrock
Ramrock Records • F*CLR Records
Jo first got into music watching top Mod television show Ready Steady Go in 1964 and after listening to her brother’s blues LP collection including John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters, she found herself lured into the beguiling world of black music. Inheriting a box full of Motown in 1967, she began collecting vinyl in 1969 and in 1973, she landed her dream job and started work in a record shop. A rival record shop recruited her in 1976 and Jo began selling import soul & funk 45’s and her illustrious DJ career started at the same time in a pub in Chatham… and it’s been downhill ever since!
In 1983, Jo started work as a co-presenter on the Rod Lucas show on BBC Radio Kent from where the show was hijacked by commercial radio station, Invicta FM. After 4 years, Jo left the show to run the ska & rocksteady section during 87/88 in the major reggae record shop, Red Records in Brixton. She co-presented on a night time show on the legal version of KISS FM, ran her riotous ‘Immaculate Contraption’ gay nights at Chatham’s infamous Ship public house as well as the gone but never forgotten ‘Baby Janes’ at the Hilltop Club from the late 80’s until ’98, made guest appearances on Radio 4’s ‘Woman’s Hour’, Richard Searling’s Jazz FM show and Stuart McOnie’s Radio 2 show ‘All Singing, All Dancing’.
While she was Head of Paper Archiving at Universal Music, Jo compiled and released the Motown CDs, Soul Satisfaction 2-5, Motown Floorshakers, Motown Northern and Motown Love. During this time, she also curated ‘Island Records 50th Anniversary’ exhibition and put together the soundtracks for the Versace and Vivienne Westwood exhibitions at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.
Career highlights include DJing with Dennis Alcapone in 2016 & Big Youth in 2017 at Dreamland’s ‘Jamaican Independence Day’ celebrations, her 2015 performance at doing a six hour set on the Stone Boat Stage in 2015 with Ashley Beedle entitled “The History of Black Music”, closing Glastonbury after the Stones and Stevie Wonder, her residency at Snowboy’s ‘Good Foot’ nights @Madame JoJo’s, Tom Moulton remixing the Ramrock Blue 12” ‘Over Again’ by Mr Bird & Greg Blackman and co-hosting the small but perfectly formed London based Northern soul night ‘These Old Shoes’ for six years.
Jo continues to DJ and broadcast, most recently on a 2 hour Worldwide FM ‘Ramrock Special’, runs four vinyl record labels, Ramrock, Ramrock Blue & Ramrock Red and house label F*CLR, remixing & producing tracks with Ashley Beedle and Darren Morris as the North Street Crew.