The song “The Game of Love” was written by American songwriter Clint Ballard, Jr., who also had a big hit with Linda Ronstadt’s version of “You’re No Good”, “I’m Alive” for The Hollies, “There’s Not a Minute” for Ricky Nelson, and many more. The Sixties pop music band Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders were the first to record and release “Game of Love” in 1965. In that year, it went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, #2 in the U.S., and in the Top 40 in Australia. Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders also released it on their 1965 album titled The Game of Love.
Wayne Fontana was born Glyn Geoffrey Ellis in Manchester Lancashire, England. His professional name is derived from Elvis Presley’s drummer D.J. Fontana. He formed his backing group The Mindbenders in 1963, and they, strangely enough, had a recording contract with Fontana Records. The Mindbenders were Bob Lang, Ric Rothwell, Eric Stewart and later Grahame Foote. They got their name from a British thriller movie called The Mind Benders, which starred Dirk Bogarde. They went on to part ways, but Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders also had a hit in 1966 with “A Groovy Kind of Love.”