Fontana was born in Levenshulme, Manchester, Lancashire, and 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) (born 22 June 1943, Wythenshawe, Manchester); Bernie Burns (drums); Stuart Sirret (bass)k and Phil Keen (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” (written by Graham Gouldman), which reached No 5 in the Australia (Kent Music Report) and 11 in the UK Singles Chart early in 1967.
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In response to the Prime Minster’s statement advising the public to avoid unnecessary social contact and in consultation with our business partners, we regret to inform you we have decided to postpone the following events:
We understand this is a major disappointment but the health and safety of our communities and clients is the number one priority.
We will be in touch with everyone in next 14 days with details of the rescheduled event.
Status update of other planned events will follow in coming days.
Please note it is not currently possible to answer individual questions via facebook or messenger .
A decision on our Memphis trip will be made by Monday 4th May.
A decision on our Benidorm festivals will be made by Monday 13th April.
We appreciate your understanding at this difficult time.