Saturday, August 28, 2010

"Game Of Love" by The Mindbenders.

OK, more British Invasion: Glynn Ellis changed his name to Wayne Fontana "in honor of" Fontana Records, his label. His Manchester-based beat band's first #1 US hit was a Clint Ballard, Jr. composition - the shortest #1 hit ever at 1:58. They appeared in Lulu's 1967 "To Sir With Love". After Fontana's abrupt departure they evolved into Hot Legs and from there 10cc. Band? First US hit? First hit without Fontana (Bayer Sager/Wine)?

Yesterday's answer: "Are You Lonesome Tonight?". It was so sad to see him during his last concerts - he would pretty regularly forget the spoken lines to "Are You Lonesome Tonight?". The singing voice, however, was perfect until the end.

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