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.

His most famous songs are probably:
* "Leaning On A Lamp Post"
* "The Window Cleaner" ([[RefrainFromAssuming title universally mistaken]] as "When I'm Cleaning Windows").
* The "Mr Wu" songs, including "Chinese Laundry Blues", the WorldWarII-themed "Mr Wu Is Now An Air Raid Warden" and "Mr Wu Is In The Air Force", and "Mr Wu's A Window Cleaner Now".

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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His works contain examples of:
* ChineseLaunderer: Mr Wu started out as owning a Chinese Laundry in Limehouse (a district of London where many Chinese immigrants settled in the 19th and early 20th centuries and where such laundries were associated with) but later moved on to greater things.
* 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!''
* DoubleEntendre: Constantly. Probably the most blatant examples are in "With My Little Ukulele In My Hand" and "With My Little Stick Of Blackpool Rock". The latter was actually ''banned by TheBBC'' in 1937 for its suggestive lyrics.
* 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.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Legendarily so. For example, in "The Window Cleaner":
--> "Honeymooning couples too, you should see them bill and coo\\
You'd be surprised they things they do, when I'm cleaning windows\\
The blushing bride she looks divine, the bridegroom he is doing fine\\
I'd rather have his job than mine, when I'm cleaning windows!"
* IMeantToDoThat: "Sitting On The Ice In The Ice Rink" is based on this trope--it's George insisting that, no, he hasn't fallen while skating, he ''likes'' sitting on the ice in the ice rink with his skates on.
* InherentlyFunnyWords: One reason why he often mentioned his ukulele in the words of his songs.
* LastSecondWordSwap and SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: Fond of using these.
--> "Oh Mr Wu, he's got a naughty eye that flickers
--> You ought to see it wobble when he's ironing ladies'...blouses"
** Another example:
---> "We landed home at half past two, I rang the front door bell,
---> The wife said "Where've you been?" and I said "You can go to...bed!"
* LyricalDissonance: A few of his songs have TearJerker lyrics (such as "Mother What'll I Do Now?" and "As The Hours And The Days And The Weeks And The Months") but they are coupled to his usual upbeat tunes.
* {{Medley}}: His "British Isles Medley", which is a medley of patriotic and regional songs from across the United Kingdom (such as "Ilkley Moor Bah T'at" for Yorkshire and "Men of Harlech" for Wales). He later did an "American Medley" that did the same thing for the United States.
* NonindicativeName: His song about the Isle of Man, which makes puns on the fact that Formby sings its praises because it's full of easy women.
* PatrioticFervour: Sort of averted, as he made patriotic songs during WorldWarII but they were just as comedic as his usual fare.
* PrecisionFStrike: When touring South Africa in 1946, Formby performed at both white and black venues. The leader of the apartheid-promoting National Party, Daniel Mahan, personally called to berate his manager (and wife). Beryl Formby is said to have responded, "Why don't you piss off, you horrible little man?" ([[http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2002/dec/06/artsfeatures.popandrock ref]])
* RichardNixonTheUsedCarSalesman: Formby appears in the Literature/ThursdayNext novels, having led the British Resistance after the Nazi invasion (AlternateHistory) and, after the liberation, becoming President-for-Life of England. "When I'm Cleaning Windows" becomes the new national anthem.
** Possibly a riff on his experiences in South Africa, see PrecisionFStrike above.
* {{Sequel}}: Many of his songs have sequels, most notably the 'Mr Wu' series.
* SoundEffectBleep: One of the first to do the musical version:
-->"They told me they would treat me swell, tucked inside my little cell\\
But up to now it's been like h('''LOUD NOTE''')! Mother what'll I do now?"
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