Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders first broke into the UK top five in 1964 with Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um. They followed up the next year with Game of Love, which hit No. 1 in the US and No. 2 in the UK.
Success prompted Fontana to go solo, with his decision made in the middle of a concert. But he achieved success on his own, scoring Top 20 hits with Pamela Pamela and Come On Home.
Born Glyn Ellis in Manchester, UK, he created a stage name as an homage to Elvis Presley’s drummer, DJ Fontana. The Mindbenders, Freddie and the Dreamers and Herman’s Hermits were all from Manchester,