Wayne Fontana, who discovered pop stardom within the 1960s with songs together with Sport Of Love, has died on the age of 74.
Together with his band The Mindbenders, the Manchester-born singer broke into the UK prime 5 in 1964 with Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um.
They hit primary within the US and quantity two within the UK the next 12 months with Sport Of Love.
However he left to go solo later that 12 months, apparently quitting in the course of a live performance.
After going solo in 1965, he went on to have prime 20 hits with Pamela Pamela and Come On House.
DJ Tony Blackburn paid tribute on Twitter, writing: “So sorry to listen to in regards to the passing of nice 60s icon Wayne Fontana yesterday. He was a stunning man and gave us some nice songs.”
A statement on behalf of his family said he died on Thursday at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport along with his long-term accomplice at his facet.
Born Glyn Ellis, the singer’s stage surname was borrowed from Elvis Presley’s drummer DJ Fontana.
Together with Freddie and the Dreamers and Herman’s Hermits, Fontana’s band had been one in all three Manchester teams to have consecutive US primary hits as town rivalled Liverpool’s musical invasion in spring 1965.
Fontana was additionally among the many performers on the first Glastonbury Competition in 1970, however struggled to maintain his solo profession as the last decade went on.
“Then I went into self-retirement, drank an excessive amount of and did not know the place I used to be half the time,” he told the Daily Express in 2017. He gave up drink in 1977 when he joined the 60s touring circuit.
‘Laughter, tears and jail cells’
In 2007, Fontana was again within the headlines when he was despatched to jail for pouring petrol over a bailiff’s automobile and setting it alight.
On the time, his lawyer admitted his consumer had been “in appreciable contact” with a variety of bailiffs, however had no vendetta in opposition to them.
The singer angered the choose by turning as much as court docket dressed because the Girl of Justice, carrying a sword and scales, and carrying a crown, cape and darkish glasses. He was sentenced to 11 months.
On Facebook, Herman’s Hermits frontman Peter Noone wrote: “Wayne Wayne do not go away.
“After 59 years of friendship, laughter, tears, jail cells and misplaced mind bells [sic], we’ve got handed over our beautiful lead singer Wayne Fontana to the massive band in ROCK AND ROLL HEAVEN.”