Song Of The Day: Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders “Um Um Um Um Um” (1964)



Happy Birthday to Wayne Fontana, who is alive and well and turning 72 today. He is best known as lead singer of Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders, who had a huge international #1 hit in 1965 with “Game Of Love”, a garage rock staple. Fontana’s problem was that the Mindbenders were too good to take a second billing behind him, leading to internal pressures. Guitarist Eric Stewart was a great player, songwriter and as good a singer as Fontana, leading Fontana to quit the band in the middle of a concert in late 1965. In 1966 the Mindbenders without Fontana released another smash hit “A Groovy Kind Of Love”. Stewart went on to become a member of 10cc in the Seventies, while Fontana disappeared into obscurity. But this was their very first hit as a band together, a great little Curtis Mayfield number that reached #5 in the U.K. in 1964 for them, and I’d have to say Fontana’s soulful vocals are pretty damn great.

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