The Mindbenders
see also Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders

(photographs courtesy Eric Stewart)

Line-up  
   
Eric Stewart Guitar, Vocals
Bob Lang Bass
Rick Rothwell Drums, Vocals
   
Graham Gouldman Bass, Vocals 1967
Paul Hancox Drums 1967
Jimmy O'Neil Drums 1968

Vocalist Glynn Ellis fronted The Jets in 1963. He arranged to have The Jets play for a Fontana Records talent scout at a local club. As Ellis and bassist Bob Lang were the only ones to show up, they recruited guitarist Eric Stewart and drummer Rick Rothwell and landed a recording contract with Ellis changing his name to Wayne Fontana and the band to The Mindbenders.

Their cover of Major Lance's "Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um" was their first hit in 1964. They followed this with another top ten record "Game Of Love" in 1965.

The band broke up at the end of 1965, shortly after the release of "It's Just A Little Bit Too Late" with the Mindbenders striking out on their own.

Their first hit was "A Groovy Kind Of Love" , followed by "Ashes To Ashes" in 1966 before splitting up in 1968.

Full info is available on Eric Stewart's own website

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Discography

Fontana TF644 1966 A Groovy Kind Of Love/Love Is Good
Fontana TF697 1966 Can't Live With You (Can't Live Without You)/One Fine Day
Fontana TF731 1966 Ashes To Ashes/You Don't Know About Love
Fontana TF780 1966 I Want Her She Wants Me/The Morning After
Fontana TF806 1967 We'll Talk About It Tomorrow/Far Across Town
Fontana TF869 1967 The Letter/My New Day And Age
Fontana TF877 1967 Schoolgirl/Coming Back
Fontana TF910 1968 Blessed Are The Lonely/Yellow Brick Road
Fontana TF961 1968 Uncle Joe The Icecream Man/The Man Who Loved Trees
   

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Recording "Groovy Kind of Love", Phillips 1966

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Mindbenders in the Star Club 1966
(courtesy Eric Stewart)

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Eric impresses the girls with his nifty fingerwork, 1966

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Eric with Dave Berry "I come to praise Cyril, not to Berry him"

 


   



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