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Thursday, 14 October 2010

George Formby 1904 - 1961



George Formby was born in Wigan, Lancashire, England, UK in 1904. As a youngster he started work as an apprentice jockey, but when his father died in 1921, young George Formby decided to become an entertainer. He achieved popularity very quickly with his northern English accent and saucy humour.

He become famous for his comical songs, which he played with a banjolele or ukulele. His songs contained lyrics full of double entendres that were fairly daring for the times.

Some of his most famous songs were; Leaning on the Lamp Post, When I'm cleaning Windows, Fanlight Fanny and many more. He also did a number of comedy films too. These were packed with many of his wonderful songs.

He was much loved and watched through out the 1930s, 40s and 50s. He died of a heart attack in 1961. 100,000 mourners lined the streets during his funeral procession.

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