Wayne Fontana

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Wayne Fontana
Birth nameGlyn Geoffrey Ellis
Born (1945-10-28) 28 October 1945 (age 73)
Levenshulme, Manchester, Lancashire, England
GenresBeat, pop
Years active1962–present
Associated actsThe Mindbenders

Wayne Fontana (born Glyn Geoffrey Ellis, 28 October 1945) is an English rock and pop singer, best known for the 1965 hit "Game of Love" with the Mindbenders.


He [Jimmy Page]was doing a lot of studio work and one day I asked him if I could have a noodle on his black Les Paul. He said I could even play it on the record! And that was “Game of Love,” the first Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders hit. Playing Jimmy’s guitar inspired me further to be experimental. I wish I had written that one![1]

Eric Stewart

Fontana was born in Levenshulme, Manchester, Lancashire, and took his stage name from Elvis Presley's drummer, D. J. Fontana. In 1963 he formed his backing group, The Mindbenders, and secured a recording contract, coincidentally, with Fontana Records. He remained under contract to the label after parting with The Mindbenders. He soldiered on alone, using musicians working under the name of the Opposition, notably Frank Renshaw (lead guitar) (born 22 June 1943, Wythenshawe, Manchester); Bernie Burns (drums); Stuart Sirret (bass)k and Phil Keen (drums), among others. Sometimes the band was billed as The Mindbenders, sometimes just as the Wayne Fontana Band. Fontana's most successful solo single release was also his last to chart, "Pamela, Pamela" (written by Graham Gouldman), which reached No 5 in the Australia (Kent Music Report) and 11 in the UK Singles Chart early in 1967.

In 2005, he fought off bankruptcy but was arrested after police were called by bailiffs who went to his home in Glossop, Derbyshire. He poured petrol on the bonnet of a bailiff's car and set it alight with the bailiff still inside.[2][3] Fontana was remanded in custody on 25 May 2007. He later appeared at Derby Crown Court dressed as Lady Justice, complete with a sword, scales, crown, cape and dark glasses, and claiming "justice is blind".[4] He dismissed his lawyers.[5] On 10 November 2007 he was sentenced to 11 months for setting fire to the car but was released because he had already served the equivalent of the term, having been held under the Mental Health Act 1983.[6] After his release he settled in Spain.

In March 2011 Fontana was arrested at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, after failing to appear in court in Wakefield, over an unpaid speeding fine.[7] When the matter was brought to court, it was found that the ticket had never been issued to him and he had returned home to Spain unaware that he had an outstanding ticket. It was also determined, at Wakefield Magistrates' Court, that points had been erroneously added to his licence and these were removed by the court. All outstanding fines were paid, including pending parking fines, and this cleared his record.[citation needed]

Fontana continues to perform, notably in the Solid Silver 60s Shows.[8]



  • Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders (label has: Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um – It's Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders) – 1964 (UK Fontana TL5230)
  • The Game of Love – 1965 (US Fontana MGF 27542 (Mono)/SRF 67542 (Stereo))
  • Eric, Rick, Wayne and Bob – It's Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders – 1965 (UK Fontana TL5257)
  • Wayne One – 1966 (UK Fontana TL5351 (Mono)/STL5351 (Stereo))
  • Wayne Fontana – 1967 (US MGM E 4459 (Mono)/SE 4459 (Stereo))
  • The Best of Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders – 1994 (US Fontana 314 522 666-2 )


Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders[edit]

Year Single Catalogue Chart Positions UK album US album
1963 "Hello Josephine"
b/w "Road Runner"
UK Fontana TF404 46 Non-album tracks Non-album tracks
"For You, For You"
b/w "Love Potion No. 9"
UK Fontana TF418
1964 "Little Darlin'"
b/w "Come Dance With Me"
UK Fontana TF436
"Stop Look and Listen"
UK B: "Duke of Earl"
US B: "Road Runner"
UK Fontana TF451
US Fontana 1917
"Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um"
b/w "First Taste of Love"
UK Fontana TF497 5
1965 "Game of Love"
b/w "Since You've Been Gone"
UK Fontana TF535
US Fontana 1503
2 38 1 A: The Game of Love
B: Non-album track
"Game of Love"
b/w "One More Time"
Second US pressing
US Fontana 1509 A: Non-album track
B: Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders
The Game of Love
"It's Just a Little Bit Too Late"
b/w "Long Time Comin'"
UK Fontana TF579
US Fontana 1514
20 55 45 Eric, Rick, Wayne and Bob Non-album tracks
"She Needs Love"
b/w "Like I Did"
UK Fontana TF611
US Fontana 1524
32 A: Non-album track
B: Eric, Rick, Wayne and Bob

Wayne Fontana (solo)[edit]

Year Single Catalogue Chart Positions UK album US album
1965 "It Was Easier To Hurt Her"
b/w "You Made Me What I Am Today"
UK Fontana TF642
US MGM 13456
36 Wayne One Wayne Fontana
1966 "Come on Home"
b/w "My Eyes Break Out in Tears"
UK Fontana TF684
US MGM 13516
16 38 A: Non-album track
B: Wayne Fontana
"Goodbye Bluebird"
b/w "The Sun's So Hot Today"
UK Fontana TF737 49 Non-album tracks Non-album tracks
"Pamela Pamela"
b/w "Something Keeps Calling Me Back"
UK Fontana TF770
AU Fontana TF770
US MGM 13661
11 5 Wayne Fontana
1967 "24 Sycamore"
b/w "From a Boy To a Man"
UK Fontana TF827
US MGM 13762
33 Non-album tracks
"The Impossible Years"
b/w "In My World"
UK Fontana TF866 72
b/w "We All Love the Human Race"
UK Fontana TF889 1
1968 "Storybook Children"
b/w "I Need To Love You"
UK Fontana TF911
"The Words of Bartholomew"
b/w "Mind Excursion"
UK Fontana TF933 84
"Never an Everyday Thing"
b/w "Waiting For a Break in the Clouds"
UK Fontana TF976
1969 "Dayton Ohio 1903"
b/w "Say Goodbye To Yesterday"
UK Fontana TF1008
US Metromedia 133
"We're Building a Love"
b/w "Charlie Cass"
UK Fontana TF1054
"Charlie Cass"
b/w "Linda"
UK Fontana TF1054
1973 "Together"
b/w "One Man Woman"
UK Warner Bros. K 16269
1976 "The Last Bus Home"
b/w "Give Me Just a Little Bit"
UK Polydor 2058 758


  1. ^ "A Groovy Kind of Interview With Eric Stewart". Culture Sonar. 3 December 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Pop star Fontana charged with arson | UK news | The Observer". Guardian. 4 February 2007. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
  3. ^ "60S STAR ON ARSON CHARGE". Archived from the original on 16 December 2007. Retrieved 13 October 2007.
  4. ^ "Business | The Times". Business.timesonline.co.uk. 3 November 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
  5. ^ "??". Timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 30 January 2014. (subscription required)
  6. ^ Steve Bird (10 November 2007). "Paranoid pop star set fire to bailiff's car in row over congestion charge fine". The Times. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
  7. ^ "60s star Wayne Fontana handcuffed and arrested as he prepares to take the stage at Palace Theatre - Manchester Evening News". Menmedia.co.uk. 11 March 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
  8. ^ "The Solid Silver 60S - Flying Music". Retrieved 24 May 2017.

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