The Game of Love as Performed by Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders (1964)

Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders – The Game of Love (1964)

“Wayne Fontana founded the band in 1962 with Bob Lang, Ric Rothwell, and Eric Stewart in 1963. The group was later joined by Grahame Foote. The name of the group was inspired by the title of a 1963 film, starring the British actor Sir Dirk Bogarde, called The Mind Benders. They released a few unsuccessful singles before recording “Um Um Um Um Um Um” in 1964, which was a major hit in Britain and led to a tour with Brenda Lee. They also had a number one hit in the United States with “Game of Love”.

After a tour of America and some more unsuccessful singles, Fontana abruptly left the band in the middle of a concert in 1965. Guitarist Eric Stewart suddenly became the lead singer of the band, which immediately dropped “Wayne Fontana” from its name.

The Mindbenders’ first single without Fontana was the hit “Groovy Kind of Love” (a Carole Bayer Sager / Toni Wine composition). The song reached number two in the U.S., and was successfully revived by Phil Collins in the 1980s. “(SOURCE)

The Game of Love – Composed by Clint Ballard, Jr.

The purpose of a man is to love a woman,
And the purpose of a woman is to love a man,
So come on baby let’s start today, come on baby let’s play
The game of love, love, la la la la la love

It started long ago in the Garden of Eden
When Adam said to Eve, baby, you’re for me
So come on baby let’s start today, come on baby let’s play
The game of love, love, la la la la la love

Come on baby ’cause the time is right
Love your daddy with all your might
Put your arms around me, hold me tight
Play the game of love

The purpose of a man is to love a woman,
And the purpose of a woman is to love a man,
So come on baby let’s start today, come on baby let’s play
The game of love, love, la la la la la love

[Instrumental break]

The purpose of a man is to love a woman,
And the purpose of a woman is to love a man,
So come on baby let’s start today, come on baby let’s play
The game of love, love, la la la la la love

Come on baby ’cause the time is right
Love your daddy with all your might
Put your arms around me, hold me tight
Play the game of love

The game of love, (love), love, (love), la la la la la love
The game of love, (love), love, (love), la la la la la love

The game of love baby, the game of la la la la love
The game of love baby, the game of la la la la love

The band broke up in 1968. Wane Fontana continued his solo career, charting with four singles between 1965 and 1966. He then surface in the news in 2007 when facing arson charges and jail.

Do enjoy this vintage live performance clip of the original WF&TM doing their classic hit “The Game of Love.” This is another of my favorites that I am pleased to share with you.

Thanks for reading and listening.

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2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. THE GAME OF LOVE, The Clint Ballard Jr. song before Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders Scored Their Chart Topping Success! A Brilliant Peice Of Pop Music HIstory.

  2. Thanks for the link to that bit of music history Mangomn. BTW what happened to the Critters?


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