George Formby biography

George Formby

Comedian, Musical Artist

1904 – 1961

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Who was George Formby?

George Formby, OBE 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.

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.

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.

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Born
May 26, 1904
Wigan
Also known as
  • George Formby, Jr.
  • Formby, George
  • George Fotmby
  • George Hoy Booth
  • Ukulele George
  • George Hoy
  • George Formby, OBE
  • George Formby Jr.
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Spouses
Nationality
  • England
Profession
Died
Mar 6, 1961
Preston

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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