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What’s that one song from your past you don’t hear much anymore, but you will stop and sing every word of all these years later?

Written by on April 7, 2021

They were great songs back in the 1960s but you rarely hear these songs anymore.

Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders. What happened to this band? They had great songs. And as I said in my story about the Beau Brummels band, as a drummer who was just starting my career when this band came out, I really liked the songs of the Mindbenders. The songs had good drumming in them I could learn things from.

Glyn Geoffrey Ellis or Wayne, took his name from Elvis Presley’s drummer, DJ Fontana. What is it with drummers and initials? JD Blair, DJ Fontana, RJ Holland.😳

He formed the band Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders, released two hit songs Game of Love in 1965 which made it to number 1 and then they released the song A Little Bit Too Late and A Groovy Kind of Love. All hits. From there, Wayne and his Mindbenders, surprisingly disappeared into obscurity. Later, Fontana got in trouble with the law a couple of times then settled down to tour with the Solid Silver 60s Tour in 2008.

Fontana passed away at the age of 74 in 2020.

The band surprised me, another one, as I thought they were American but no, they were British. I would like to know who the drummer was on these records. Was it Ric (Eric) Rothwell, the original drummer for the Mindbenders or was it the great British session drummer John Barbata who played on many British hit songs the same way Hal Blaine did with American hits. John went on to be drummer of The Turtles. Many groups of the day used session musicians. We’ll never know but I loved the drumming on these records.

You can tell that The Mindbenders had a bit of a fixation with the Bo Diddley beat.

Below, Game of Love


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