Album: Game of Love (1965)
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  • This was written by Clint Ballard Jr., who also wrote The Hollies hit "I'm Alive" and Linda Ronstadt's "You're No Good."
  • Group leader Glyn Ellis was given a contract in 1963 on the condition that he change his name to that of the label, Fontana Records, thus Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders. They were a British Invasion group, and this was their first hit in the US. When a US tour was scheduled, the group was initially denied visas until they could demonstrate that they recorded this.
  • Fontana left the group for a solo career in 1966. Their first hit as the Mindbenders was the #2 "A Groovy Kind Of Love." The Mindbenders evolved into Hot Legs (a one-hit wonder with "Neanderthal Man"), which in turn became 10cc ("The Things We Do for Love," among others). >>
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    Brad Wind - Miami, FL, for above 2
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  • Bob Berry from Wheeling West VirginiaDoes anyone know who played on the session of this song?
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyFebruary 27th 1965 was the first day of a 21-date concert tour of the United Kingdom, it began at City Hall in Sheffield, England; and one of the acts* on the bill were Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders...
    At the time the group "Game of Love" was at #2 {for 1 week} on the United Kingdom's Singles chart, the week it was at #2, the #1 record was "I'll Never Find Another You" by the Seekers...
    Across the pond in the U.S.A. "Game of Love" would peak at #1 {for 1 week} on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart {See next post below}...
    "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter" by Herman's Hermits knocked it out the #1 spot, and it just happened that the Hermits were also one of the acts on this tour.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 14th 1965, "Game of Love" by Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #63; and five weeks later April 18th, 1965 it peaked #1 {for 1 week} and spent 11 weeks on the Top 100...
    With Wayne in the lead, the group had one other Top 100 record, "It's Just a Little Bit Too Late", it reached #45 and stayed on the chart for 8 weeks in late 1965...
    The Mindbenders, after Wayne left the group, charted two times; "A Groovy Kind of Love" {#2* for 2 weeks in 1966} and "Ashes to Ashes" {#55, again in 1966}
    And Wayne Fontana, as a solo artist, had four records make the United Kingdom's Singles chart, but none of them made Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart...
    * The two weeks "A Groovy Kind of Love" was at #2, the #1 record for both those weeks was "When a Man Loves a Woman" by Percy Sledge.
  • Martin from Fresno, CaGreat song. The lyrics ring true, "The purpose of a man is to love a woman and the purpose of a woman is to love a man". Although it is talking about a romance the lyrics can be interpreted to mean the purpose of everyone is to love each other regardless of whether they are in a relationship or married.
  • Steve Dotstar from Los Angeles, Cathis song has a good "groove" and they play it well live,after all of these years!
  • Chris from Geelong, AustraliaHave to admit I dojn't know the song. Why isn't Pamela Pamela on the list?
    For those interested, WF has a most interesting website, in which he berates the authorities (in England) for bankrupting him and sending him to the the clink for 9 months.
    You can send him a message in the guestbook and if you're lucky, get an abusive reply.

  • Louis Rodriguez from Lancaster, CaI really like the way this song recording is set up with the intro bass guitar and drums with special envisense on the cymbal and then the rythm guitar kicks in and the lead guitar then everything is topped with the hand tamborine
  • Camille from Toronto, OhThis song is a timeless classic.
  • Jakasso! from Niagara Falls, CanadaEric Stewart of 10cc was an original member of the Mindbenders.
  • Tom from Washington, DcThe Mindbenders are featured in the 1967 flick ,"To Sir With Love" with Lulu.
  • Tom from Washington, DcAt 1:58 one of the shortest #1 records in chart history.
  • Brian from Meriden, CtA perfect example of average "white" 60s pseudo-r&b.
  • Alan from Singapore, SingaporeThis was one of the songs featured on the "Good Morning Vietnam" soundtrack
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