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Wayne Fontana


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Wayne Fontana (born Glynn Ellis on 28 October 1945, Manchester, Lancashire), was a popular mid sixties pop singer. In 1962, he formed his group Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders and got a recording contract. Hit tracks with The Mindbenders included 1964’s UK top 5 single “Um Um Um Um Um Um”, and 1965’s “Game of Love” which hit US #1.

He was still under contract to Fontana Records after parting with The Mindbenders. He soldiered on alone, using musicians under the name of the Opposition. Notably, Frank Renshaw (now in the Canary Islands), Bernie Burns (drums), Roy ‘Rossi’ Henshall (bass) (also now Canary Islands), Rod Gerrard (guitar, ex Herman’s Hermits - now in America) and Phil Keane (drums) amongst others. Sometimes they were billed as the Mindbenders, or just as the Wayne Fontana band. Fontana’s most successful solo single release was also his last big hit, “Pamela, Pamela”, which reached Number 11 in the UK Singles Chart early in 1967. He soldiered on, releasing several more singles including “The Impossible Years” and “24 Sycamore” in 1967 which were both hits in Australia. His last known 7” 45 rpm was released in 1976, but he continued to perform on the oldies circuit.

In 2005, long past his hit making prime, he fought off bankruptcy, but was arrested after police were called by bailiffs who went to his home in Glossop, Derbyshire.


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  • Averre

    Maggy, I have a copy I burned off of I'd gladly send you an Mp3. You don't happen to have the writer's credits do you? Can't find it in ASCAP or BMI, which is weird.

    16 Nov 2010 Reply
  • MAGGY65

    Why can't I get a playable copy of 24 Sycamore, it's driving me nuts~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~is it secret or something?

    16 May 2010 Reply
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  • marvelguy6

    all kick-ass classics

    17 Jul 2009 Reply

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