Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Do You Remember ?

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Do You Remember ?

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Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders Wayne Fontana, born in Levenshulme, Manchester, was actually called Glyn Geoffrey Ellis before he formed his group the Mindbenders in 1963. He got the name Wayne Fontana from Elvis Presley's drummer D.J. Fontana. The band was originally Fontana's backing group, but went on to enjoy further success after his departure.

They had hits in the US as well as the UK, particularly in the mid 1960s. Their 1965 single Game of Love reached No. 1 in the US and No. 2 in the UK. Along with Fontana, the band consisted of Ric Rothwell, Bob Lang, Eric Stewart and Grahame Foote. Their first UK hit, Um Um Um Um Um Um was released in 1964. The song reached No. 5 in the UK charts. The band toured America and released a few more singles, none of which achieved the same success as Game of Love. In 1965, Fontana quit the band and Eric Stewart took over as lead singer. …

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