Wayne Fontana formed the Mindbenders in Manchester with Bob Lang (bass), Ric Rockwell (drums), and Eric Stewart (guitar), and later Graham Foote (guitar). They had a #1 hit in the US with “Game of Love” in 1965, our first song today. Fontana decided to leave the Mindbenders in the middle of a concert, and Stewart took over on vocals in late 1965. Their first hit post-Fontana was “Groovy Kind of Love,” today’s second tune; it reached #2 in both the US and the UK in late 1965 and early 1966.
The Mindbenders appeared in the 1967 movie, “To Sir With Love” as Lulu’s backup band, but broke up in 1968 at the end of a UK tour. Stewart and Graham Gouldman, who took over on bass after Lang quit in 1968, went on to form other bands, most notably the band 10cc, while Foote joined with Lek Leckenby and Bob Whitwam in Herman’s Hermits after Peter Noone left, and has been with them since then.
The Mindbenders, your Two for Tuesday, April 21, 2015.