Glyn Ellis took his professional name from Elvis’ drummer D.J. Fontana. He and his backing band, The Mindbenders, began releasing singles in the their native country, Great Britain, in 1963. They were basically cover songs such as Fats Domino “My Girl Josephine” Bo Diddley’s “Roadrunner,” the Coasters “Love Potion Number 9,” and the eternal rock classic “Little Darlin.'” None reached the charts.
Their breakthrough came in the fall of 1964 when their take on Major Lance’s “Um Um Um Um Um” reached number five. Their first release in the United States proved to be their most successful. “Game Of Love” reached the BILLBOARD Hot 100 on March 20, 1965. It became the number one song in America for one week on April 24, 1965.
The vocal has an odd and quirky cadence but was memorable and perfect for top 40 radio airplay of the day.
Fontana left the band but The Mindbenders carried on and just missed the brass ring as on April 16, 1966, when “A Groovy Kind Of Love”spent two weeks at number two.