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George Formby

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Wigan, Lancashire, UK

George Formby, OBE (26 May 1904 – 6 March 1961), was a British actor, singer-songwriter and comedian. He sang light, comical songs, usually playing the ukulele or banjolele. He was a major star of stage and screen in the 1930s and ’40s, when Formby became the UK’s highest-paid entertainer. His songs such as “When I’m Cleaning Windows” were particularly popular during the Second World War (1939–45).

When he and his wife travelled throughout the war, creating improvised lyrics to songs to fit the situation, they delighted their audiences. It was estimated that they played before three million Allied servicemen and women.

His 1937 song, “With My Little Stick of Blackpool Rock”, was banned by the BBC because of its suggestive lyrics. Formby’s cheerful, innocent demeanour and nasal, high-pitched Lancashire accent neutralised the shock value of the lyrics; a more aggressive comedian such as Max Miller would have delivered the same lyrics with a bawdy leer.

His best-known catchphrase was probably “It’s turned out nice again!”. In 1960, his last recorded song “Happy Go Lucky Me” / “Banjo Boy”, peaked at number 40 in the UK Singles Chart. Since his death in 1961, a remix version of “When I’m Cleaning Windows” by 2 In A Tent charted in the early 1990s.

George Formby, born in Wigan, Lancashire, UK, began his career as a artist in 1921. He enjoyed success on stage, in song, and later on film until his death in 1961 at the age of 57. He was the top British box office draw in the 30’s and early 40’s.

He is perhaps best known for upbeat songs, featuring his trademark Lancashire accent, syncopated banjolele playing and laden with sly , such as Chinese Laundry Blues and When I’m Cleaning Windows.

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  • CaptainLesgate

    Ey up, George, tha wer a reet crackin' lad.

    23 Dec 2011 Reply
  • gsm007g

    We Love Our Georgie....So did Geogre..Harrison.

    6 May 2011 Reply
  • keresaspa

    What Jedd_Exedus said. Ivor Biggun - The Winker's Song (Misprint). Nothing to do with George, everything to do with that numpty who was one of Rantzen's underlings on That's Life.

    22 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Jedd_Exedus

    "The Wanker's Song " by Ivor Biggun is one of many songs about masturbation. It describes the singer: "I'm a wanker, I'm a wanker. And it does me good like it bloody well should", and it reached number 22 in the 1978 UK charts!!! this was not done by George Formby it is just a parody and frankly not a very good one

    28 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Wigan66

    hats off to you, george.

    20 Feb 2011 Reply
  • vaughnvhalen

    ())))))))))))))))))))))))) Classic !!!from the "Good Old Days >>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    1 Feb 2011 Reply
  • brownieboy

    Man he's a damn legend. "I'm a wanker" is epic.

    29 Jan 2011 Reply
  • backtothelight

    Turned out nice again - heyheyyyy!

    3 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Chug-A-Lug

    Wigan Music Scene group.

    16 Dec 2009 Reply
  • sweeneymini

    George Formby is awesome 8) lol at the art from the link form genghis_average - "turned out nice again" slogan is rofl

    15 Jul 2009 Reply
  • genghis_average

    http://eldictator.deviantart.com/art/george-formby-17999630 ;D the rumble in the jungle between george formby and muhammad ali

    23 Jun 2009 Reply
  • guttertwin

    george formby grill. :D

    19 Jun 2009 Reply
  • poussey

    exactly, well-said - i think some of you have missed the point in a big way.

    4 Apr 2009 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    these shouts are what is wrong with the world today.George was a musichall star a movie star,and an english man.If you don't like his music say so,but don't slag off the man,especially when he is not here to defend himself.If your lives are so sad that you get a kick posting filth on this site then why don't you just go and get some help.

    3 Mar 2009 Reply
  • SndChaser

    Sheesh - it's rare that I am split on the tags for an artist...but the tags on here have me both rolling and revolted at the same time. For example, there are a couple of funny ones: "squeaky-voiced purveyor of ukelele-fuelled 1940s smut" and "moustache no longer popular" and possibly "monkey nuts". However, some are just plain hateful: "gay", "wankstain", "pervert". The others are mostly just stupid - "death metal", black metal", etc. Seems to me this would be a good candidate to clean up.

    26 Dec 2008 Reply
  • holliday1

    lol at the tag `squeaky-voiced purveyor of ukelele-fuelled 1940s smut. '

    19 Dec 2008 Reply
  • LondonLouis

    A massive British star of his era. Was there an American equivalent? .... or are all those slightly prudish double entendres particularly British? Put him against someone like Bessie Smith's Empty Bed blues. One is singing about real sex. The other one (Formby) is sniggering. Still, George was good in his way. Remember my copy of Film Fun in the early 1950s, in which a cartoon George was one of the stars.

    10 Dec 2008 Reply
  • MaceoLaban

    great!

    4 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Eclectic-G

    It's turned out nice again!

    1 May 2008 Reply
  • david43

    george is a wanker. his words not mine.

    14 Sep 2007 Reply
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