History Music / GeorgeFormby

14th May '16 11:52:06 AM nombretomado
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George Formby [[KnightFever OBE]] was a [[OopNorth Lancastrian]] singer-songwriter, comic and film star who had his biggest hits in TheThirties. Real name George Hoy Booth, he inherited the stage name from his father, who was a music hall comic. He often mixed comedy into his songs together with a healthy dose of GettingCrapPastTheRadar. His signature musical instrument was the ukulele, or 'uke' for short.

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George Formby [[KnightFever [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever OBE]] was a [[OopNorth Lancastrian]] singer-songwriter, comic and film star who had his biggest hits in TheThirties. Real name George Hoy Booth, he inherited the stage name from his father, who was a music hall comic. He often mixed comedy into his songs together with a healthy dose of GettingCrapPastTheRadar. His signature musical instrument was the ukulele, or 'uke' for short.



He lived on the Isle of Man for many years and died young at the age of 56 in 1961. The next year, Music/TheBeatles would rise to prominence; GeorgeHarrison was a fan of Formby's and often put references to him in his songs, most notably at the end of the Beatles reunion piece "Free as a Bird". Today his work is championed by [[UsefulNotes/TheWestMidlands Midlands]] comedian [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Skinner FrankSkinner]], who does a spectacularly good impersonation.

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He lived on the Isle of Man for many years and died young at the age of 56 in 1961. The next year, Music/TheBeatles would rise to prominence; GeorgeHarrison Music/GeorgeHarrison was a fan of Formby's and often put references to him in his songs, most notably at the end of the Beatles reunion piece "Free as a Bird". Today his work is championed by [[UsefulNotes/TheWestMidlands Midlands]] comedian [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Skinner FrankSkinner]], who does a spectacularly good impersonation.
21st Mar '16 4:07:49 PM AgProv
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He lived on the Isle of Man for many years and died young at the age of 56 in 1961. The next year, Music/TheBeatles would rise to prominence; GeorgeHarrison was a fan of Formby's and often put references to him in his songs, most notably at the end of the Beatles reunion piece "Free as a Bird". today his work is championed by Midlands comedian Creator/FrankSkinner, who does a spectacularly good impersonation.

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He lived on the Isle of Man for many years and died young at the age of 56 in 1961. The next year, Music/TheBeatles would rise to prominence; GeorgeHarrison was a fan of Formby's and often put references to him in his songs, most notably at the end of the Beatles reunion piece "Free as a Bird". today Today his work is championed by Midlands [[UsefulNotes/TheWestMidlands Midlands]] comedian Creator/FrankSkinner, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Skinner FrankSkinner]], who does a spectacularly good impersonation.
21st Mar '16 4:05:45 PM AgProv
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He lived on the Isle of Man for many years and died young at the age of 56 in 1961. The next year, Music/TheBeatles would rise to prominence; GeorgeHarrison was a fan of Formby's and often put references to him in his songs, most notably at the end of the Beatles reunion piece "Free as a Bird".

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He lived on the Isle of Man for many years and died young at the age of 56 in 1961. The next year, Music/TheBeatles would rise to prominence; GeorgeHarrison was a fan of Formby's and often put references to him in his songs, most notably at the end of the Beatles reunion piece "Free as a Bird".
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21st Mar '16 3:57:09 PM AgProv
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* ShoutOut: Much to the bafflement of an American audience, one episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' sees Director Bollock of the CIA, in his downtime in between interviews, pick up a ukelele and perform "When I'm Cleaning Windows". Creator/PatrickStewart even performs this in his native broad Yorkshire accent. Which must really bemuse Americans.
19th Dec '15 8:34:11 AM Morgenthaler
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GeorgeFormby [[KnightFever OBE]] was a [[OopNorth Lancastrian]] singer-songwriter, comic and film star who had his biggest hits in TheThirties. Real name George Hoy Booth, he inherited the stage name from his father, who was a music hall comic. He often mixed comedy into his songs together with a healthy dose of GettingCrapPastTheRadar. His signature musical instrument was the ukulele, or 'uke' for short.

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GeorgeFormby George Formby [[KnightFever OBE]] was a [[OopNorth Lancastrian]] singer-songwriter, comic and film star who had his biggest hits in TheThirties. Real name George Hoy Booth, he inherited the stage name from his father, who was a music hall comic. He often mixed comedy into his songs together with a healthy dose of GettingCrapPastTheRadar. His signature musical instrument was the ukulele, or 'uke' for short.
23rd Oct '15 3:39:27 PM tvinsomne
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Why don't women like me''\\

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Why don't women like me''\\me?''\\
23rd Sep '15 9:37:23 PM tvinsomne
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-->''Last night I went out walking\\
My intentions were to click\\
But the sights I saw while walking out\\
They nearly made me sick\\
I saw a lot of lovely girls\\
Attractive little dears\\
Arm in arm with ugly men\\
With cauliflower ears\\
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Well, if women like them like men like those\\
Why don't women like me''\\
--"Why Don't Women Like Me", 1936.
23rd Sep '15 5:56:58 AM tvinsomne
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23rd Sep '15 5:52:40 AM tvinsomne
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23rd Sep '15 5:41:47 AM tvinsomne
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* DawsonCasting: Referenced in "The Window Cleaner":
--> ''I know a famous [[FilmsOfThe1920s talkie queen]]''
--> ''She looks a [[TheFlapper flapper]] on the screen''
--> ''She's more like eighty than eighteen!''
--> ''When I'm cleaning windows!''



* FairForItsDay: The "Mr Wu" songs have some dodgy lyrics for today, but at the time nobody else would have made songs about a Chinese immigrant--at least not portraying him in a sympathetic light. Especially noteworthy as the original "Mr Wu" was a YellowPeril villain from a play in the 1910s who was taken up as a recurring character in music hall; Formby used the name for the recognition, but not much else.
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