“Game of Love” singer Wayne Fontana has passed away at the age of 74-years-old.
His entertainment agency announced his passing via Twitter on Thursday August 6). The company confirmed that he passed away at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport yesterday (August 6).
“Chimes Int’l on behalf of the family of Wayne Fontana regret to announce he passed away this afternoon at Steppinghill Hospital, Stockport,” the company tweeted. “His long term partner was by his side. known for his 1965 hit Game of Love. Family asks for privacy at this time.”
Tony Blackburn paid tribute to the fallen star. “So sorry to hear about the passing of great 60s icon Wayne Fontana yesterday,” he tweeted. “He was a lovely guy and gave us some great songs.”
Who is Wayne Fontana?
Fontana, born Glyn Geoffrey Ellis, was born in Levenshulme, Manchester. His stage name was after Elvis Presley’s drummer, DJ Fontana. He created the band The Mindbenders in 1963. A year after forming, the band found success with their No. 1 hit “Game of Love.” They later released Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um.”
Furthermore, in 1965 he pursued a solo career and released his successful singles, “Pamela Pamela” and “Come On Home.” He reunited with his former bandmate Eric Stewart in 1970.
Fontana recalled his career in music to The Daily Mail before his passing. “A talent scout from London came to see us and we passed the audition,” he recalled. “We got a recording contract, ended up in London and became Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders. “
“After Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, we had a huge hit with The Game Of Love in 1965, which got to number two and that led to appearances on radio and all the TV pop shows of the day including Top Of The Pops,” he explained.
Their breakup came as a shock to fans, but he shared that there wasn’t malice, just creative differences. “We did well, but we had disagreements about the kind of music we were recording,” he said. “It happens when you’re young and in a band. One night on stage, I decided to sing Save The Last Dance For Me and I could hear the band mumbling, ‘Why are we always doing the slow ones.”