Wayne Fontana autograph
Wayne Fontana autograph 3×5 Colour photograph.
Born Glyn Geoffrey Ellis, 28 October 1945. An English rock/pop singer, best known for the 1965 hit “Game of Love” with the Mindbenders.
Fontana was born in Levenshulme, Manchester, Lancashire. He took his stage name from Elvis Presley‘s drummer, D.J. Fontana. In 1963 he formed his backing group. The Mindbenders, and secured a recording contract, coincidentally, with Fontana Records. He remained under contract to the label after parting with The Mindbenders. He soldiered on alone, using musicians working under the name of the Opposition. Notably Frank Renshaw (lead guitar), Bernie Burns (drums); Roy “Rossi” Henshall (bass). Rod Gerrard (guitar, ex-Herman’s Hermits), and Phil Keane (drums),among others. Sometimes the band was billed as The Mindbenders, sometimes just as the Wayne Fontana Band. Fontana’s most successful solo single release was also his last to chart. “Pamela, Pamela”, which reached No 11 in the UK Singles Chart early in 1967.
In 2005, he fought off bankruptcy but was arrested after police were called by bailiffs. Who went to his home in Glossop, Derbyshire. He poured petrol on the bonnet of a bailiff’s car and set it alight with the bailiff still inside. Fontana was remanded in custody on 25 May 2007. He later appeared at Derby Crown Court dressed as Lady Justice. Complete with a sword, scales, crown, cape and dark glasses, and claiming “justice is blind”. He dismissed his lawyers. On 10 November 2007 he was sentenced to 11 months for setting fire to the car but was released because he had already served the equivalent of the term. Having been held under the Mental Health Act 1983. After his release he settled in Spain.