Glynn Ellis and The Jets 1960 (courtesy Kevin Lang)
In 1962 singer Wayne Fontana reformed The Jets as Wayne Fontana and the Jets with 17 year-old Fontana on lead vocals, tambourine (b. Glyn Geoffrey Ellis, Sunday, October 28, 1945, Manchester, Lancashire, UK) (ex-The Velfins), Terry Morton on lead guitar, Stuart Sirett on rhythm guitar, Bob Lang on bass and Ian 'Skin' Lucas on drums.
This semi-professional outfit played the Manchester club circuit. On Wednesday, December 12, 1962 and Thursday, December 27, 1962 they played the famous Oasis Club at 45 - 47 Lloyd Street, off Albert Square, Manchester 2, Lancashire, UK. In 1963 the band played places like The Savoy Ballroom in Oldham, Lancashire.
The Jet's first big break came on Saturday, May 4, 1963 performing a showcase gig at the famous Oasis Club in Manchester for Fontana Records A & R man, producer Jack Baverstock, who was looking for a new Beatles. Only Fontana and Lang showed up, so local substitutes Eric Stewart and Rothwell were recruited at the last minute. Rothwell had a London School of Music Diploma.
Despite a disastrous performance, Baverstock saw enough potential to sign them. Fontana was a charismatic front man and they put up a brave show for Baverstock. They also changed their name to Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, choosing the new name from a current horror film The Mind Benders starring Dirk Bogarde.
John H. Warburg
Wayne Fontana and the Boys/Opposition ”I joined Wayne Fontana in late 1965. Wayne was my ‘Best Man' at my wedding, and two days later we left to do Wayne's first solo gig as ‘Wayne Fontana And The Boys' on a nationwide tour with Herman's Hermits and The Fortunes. We soon changed the name to ‘The Opposition', though. The line-up was me, Bernie Burns on drums, Stuart Sirett on bass and Mike Parkes playing keyboards.”
Frank Renshaw, Toggery Five
Wayne Fontana's Opposition #2
Wayne Fontana's Opposition #3
Wayne Fontana's Opposition #4
Wayne Fontana's Opposition #5
Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders 1976 Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders - click here
Dave Lowarch, Jess Smith, Kenny Anders, Neil Reading
WF, Kev Wood
(as per pic on left)
Mike Sweeney and the Thunderbyrds - as The Mindbenders.
Sweeney on the left, Mike Amatt, Diccon Hubbard, Wayne Fontana, Dave Morris and Geoff Kerry
Band living in New York circa 1973. Phil Keen, Ron Walker and Frank Renshaw. (plus Wayne).
1965 She Needs Love/ Like I Did
1965 It Was Easier To Hurt Her/ You Made Me What I Am Today
1966 Come On Home/My Eyes Break Out In Tears
1966 Goodbye Bluebird/The Sun's So Hot Today
1966 Pamela Pamela/Something Keeps Calling Me Back
1967 24 Sycamore/From A Boy To A Man
1967 In My World/The Impossible Years
1967 Gina/We All Love The Human Race
1968 Storybook Children/I Need To Love You
1968 Words Of Bartholemew/Mind Excursion
1968 Never An Everyday Thing/Waiting For A Break In The Clouds
1969 Dayton Ohio 1903/Say Goodbye To Yesterday
1969 We're Building A Love/Charlie Cass
A version of a Wayne Fontana band
Roy Henshall (Bass) Rod Gerrard (Guitar) Phil Keene (Drums)
Kenny Anders, Neil Reading, John Carter, Kevin Wood
Group was formerly called Fragile with vocalist Bill Snape, ex Palm Springs
Wow! My cousin Pete Norrey led me to this site and it's great to see. I've recently been reading my diaries from those days and was wondering what Niel, John and Ken were up to now, not forgetting Wyane and his ex (my best buddy at the time) Linda. Hell I tell you guys, if I could publish my diaries from those fantastic day's... well I'll leave it to your imagination.
Best of luck to all and it's good to see you're still up and running Mr Bannana.
Me... well, I worked all over Europe and Asia. I've lived in Asia since 1985 I've been living in Bangkok, Thailand for the last twenty years, I'm married to a respectable Thai girl (15 years) and I was the manager of a music bar for 14 years as well as a Radio DJ, freelance, writer, voice over talent and actor.
I'm still singing in my band Wildside and you can check out my web page on youtube (Kevin Wood, Bangkok)
Health and Happiness to you and your's
Kevin Wood, Rhythm guitar/vocals
I remember well in the 60's when I was presenting 'Roundabout" and 'Saturday Roundabout"on BBC Radio 2. The show came off in summer at which time I drove across to the continent to be the "Summer Relief" on Radio Luxembourg 208.
Later transferring to news and "Outlook" on BBC World Service)
Wayne came across to the Grand Duchy with the editor and others from the magazine, "Fabulous". I still have the copy of the mag featuring Wayne, myself and other jocks running around Luxy, going into the caverns and so on.
He and I spent a fun evening together.
All this came back tonight as I watched him on "The British Beat" introduced by Petula Clark (Who appeared on my WS Programme!) on US PBS tonight. Lots of musical memories....
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Wayne always was a born star and a real class act even when drunk, a great natural R&B singer and front man and probably one of the funniest guys I EVER worked with, after he and the Mind Benders split he had several pick-up bands and musicians but eventually he hired Frank Renshawe a fantastic singer and very powerful rythm guitar player with his beautiful Gibson 335 he filled out the sound completely , with me on Bass (I wasn't that good).
And Phil **** (sorry I forgot his surname) who was also a really great singer and pretty solid drummer but was a really good musician) his home made recordings sounded great.
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