Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders circa 1965

Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders original line up included Bob Lang, Ric Rothwell, and Eric Stewart.  Graham Gouldman joined The Mindbenders in 1967 [replacing Bob Lang] and later co-founded “10cc” along with Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme

[Wayne Fontana] ‘had always entertained visions of eventually graduating to a solo career and, in October 1965, everybody concerned realized the time had come; everybody, that is, aside from the band. They remained in the dark until, midway through a live show, Fontana simply walked off stage, turning to Stewart as he left and saying, “It’s all yours.”‘  http://bettylou.zzruss.com/fontanabiography.htm  Ric Rothwell eventually quit the band “to start a sports goods business” and Bob Lang left to “open a record shop” and when Jimmy O’Neil joined the Uglies it “left Eric Stewart as the only original Mindbender. When they split in ’68, Eric and Graham set up Strawberry Studios in Stockport with fellow Mancunians Kevin Godley and Lol Creme.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2TxyVJfNdZggrW3L4sLPh8k/the-mindbenders



Wayne Fontana eventually left the Mindbenders to go solo

Mindbender have a hit after Fontana leaves group

Bands line-up: http://www.manchesterbeat.com/groups/mindbenders/mindbenders.php


Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders tour Scotland

Scottish musician Ian Fraser who liked Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders for their 1964 hit “Um,Um,Um,Um” remembers meeting them when they having a look around Barr Cochrane’s music shop before their performance at Elgin’s Two Red Shoes in 1965.  Ian, who “started playing in 1963 when I was 14″ and “played with several jazz bands in the early ’70s” was impressed enough to get Fontana’s autograph after speaking with the group.

The Mindbenders first performed in Scotland at the Odeon Theatre Glasgow in May’64, and made it to north-east Scotland in late January 1965. The band’s gig [28 Jan 65] at Elgin’s Two Red Shoes included The Game Of Love which entered the charts the following week. They continued to tour the UK besides Scotland though without Wayne Fontana when Mr. Bonici’s  LCB Agency, booked them at Nairn’s Ballerina Ballroom where they performed A Groovy Kind Of Love https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9B8k3wzHUvE https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Groovy_Kind_of_Love

Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders also had a hit in 1965 with “The Game of Love” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-weeowZvvc https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clint_Ballard_Jr. followed by “Groovy Kind Of Love” in ’66 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddcIunulJi4  though the group first recorded in 1963 [cover tunes on Fontana label] http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/12196/mindbenders/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_Fontana

Um,Um,Um,Um,Um,Um [1964]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gi3fp2-QYPM [http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/obituary-curtis-mayfield-1134844.html  composer]


The Mindbenders returned to NE Scotland as successful recording artists

The Mindbenders returned to NE Scotland as successful recording artists

After a tour of America and some more singles that were less successful than “Game of Love”, Fontana left the band in the middle of a concert in 1965. Eric Stewart https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Stewart became the lead singer of the band, which henceforward was known simply as the Mindbenders.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mindbenders. The Mindbenders’ first hit song [without Wayne Fontana] was “Groovy Kind of Love”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9B8k3wzHUvE  The Game of Love performed on Hullaballo introduced the Mindbenders to American audiences – Game Of Love: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o09nZwrejZ8

Shindig! and Hullaballo were popular US music television shows in mid 1960s: https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/shindig/

When Wayne Fontana decided to go solo, the Mindbenders continued to gain a reputation in the UK and the USA. “Gouldman signed a management agreement with in 1965, and while working by day in a men’s outfitters shop and playing by night with his semi-professional band, he wrote a string of hit songs, many of them million sellers. Between 1965 and 1967 alone he wrote “For Your Love“, “Heart Full of Soul” and “Evil Hearted You” for the Yardbirds, “Look Through Any Window” (with Charles Silverman) and “Bus Stop” for the Hollies, “Listen People“, “No Milk Today” and “East West” for Herman’s Hermits, “Pamela, Pamela” for Wayne Fontana, “Behind the Door” for St. Louis Union (covered by Cher), “Tallyman” for Jeff Beck and “Going Home”, which was a 1967 Australian hit for Normie Rowe.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_Gouldman

Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman were a studio musicians working with Neil Sedaka and cohorts when 10cc was formed. “10cc are an English rock band founded in Stockport who achieved their greatest commercial success in the 1970s. The band initially consisted of four musicians – Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley, and Lol Creme – who had written and recorded together for some three years, before assuming the name “10cc” in 1972… In early 1972 American singer Neil Sedaka began recording his Solitaire album Strawberry Studios, using Stewart as recording engineer and Gouldman, Godley and Creme as his backing band. The album’s success galvanised the four musicians to work on their own material and release it as a band.”  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10cc

After 10cc disband, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme continued working together composing and performing their songs. However, Godley and Creme “achieved their greatest success as the innovative directors of more than fifty music videos in the early 1980s.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godley_%26_Creme



My research began in 2007 as a visitor to the north of Scotland. Growing up a few miles from San Francisco, I would frequent the active music scene on weekends besides being a fan of British BEAT music and never missing Shindig! on television. When first visiting the small community of Elgin in 2007, I was surprise to learn how the Beatles and many other vocalist and musicians came to perform during the early days of their careers. In the early 1950s, Albert Bonici began promoting dances though it had been an ambition since his teenage years. When he and Henry Robertson co-organized a string of jazz dances in the north Scotland, they could not have predicted the enormous success of the venture. Albert Bonici became one of the most respected promoters in the UK having arranged a high volumn of music venues throughout the north of Scotland which delighted music lovers during the height of the jazz and beat music era. Whilst known for booking the Beatles at the beginning of their 1963 tours, Albert Bonici brought most of the top British acts to north-east Scotland besides working with Scottish musicians to boost their careers. SCOTBEAT was created to share a bit of history about the BEAT years in Scotland and also a tribute to a man with a vision who, with the help of his family and staff, created a happening that is still fondly remembered by those who attended dances and concerts. Albert A Bonici hosted many up and coming bands who went on to gain international acclaim for their contributions. Besides other local resources and interviews, SCOTBEAT presents exclusive photos, adverts, and documents from the A Bonici Archives [circa 1960s]. Unless otherwise agreed, materials are not to be used for financial gain and ask that you respect the terms below. Materials presented are not to be used for financial gain without consent. © 2014-2019 SCOTBEAT.wordpress.com. All rights reserved. No part of this web site may be copied, redistributed, broadcast or published in any form without crediting this blog and/or copyright websites mentioned. All correspondence, flyers, programs, and photos from the Bonici Archives are not to appear in print other than through the propietor of SCOTBEAT. Use of the site signifies your agreement to all of these terms without condition. Please reference https://scotbeat.wordpress.com when sharing materials found here as the site is continuously updated to present the subject matter accurately and as a historical resource. Thank you.

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