It’s a real shame, another great character has gone.
(As an aside I really have a problem “liking” posts about people dying, I just can’t bring myself to do it, but I really appreciate the posts themselves as they help keep me in touch with things that really matter to me as I no longer feel served by or use the mainstream news media, thank you folks!).
It's only in quite recent years I've got in to him, and now consider Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders one of the more interesting beat groups (coincidentally I was listening to their great first album just two days ago). I had a couple of near-misses with Wayne personally too: I wrote to him requesting a foreword for my first book a couple of years back, but his partner wrote back too late (after I'd published), apologising for the delay but saying Wayne would love to write something; then, he was due to appear on last autumn's 'Sixties Gold' tour in Margate, something I had front row tickets for, but cancelled due to ill health. A real character and a vastly underrated singer.
One of my favourites was "The World of Bartholomew" which I think??? he sung with the Mindbenders?
One of those arguably 'kitchen sink' (ie.overproduced) records of the 60s that I adore.
Now that is an absolutely stunning 45! Probably too complex a production to have been a hit. I have a copy I must dig out. Pretty sure it was into his solo career, post-Mindbenders. His first solo album 'Wayne One' is also well worth a listen. On the Fontana label of course!
And here is 'Words of Bartholomew'- All credit to the fantastic work of Arthur Greenslade too.