My post today was inspired by a conversation I had when replying to a post by RACHELMANKOWITZ called The Ukelele Life where she was discussing taking ukulele lessons.
My response was to ask if she had a George Formby Society where she was and unfortunately her reply was, George Formby, who?
George Formby was one of Britain’s biggest film stars of the 30’s and 40’s so I was somewhat surprised he wasn’t more well known which leaves me no option but to endeavour to educate my readers about this very talented man.
George was famous for his risque songs which he used to sing and accompany himself on a banjolele which is a cross between a banjo and a ukulele but louder.
He was so famous that the George Formby Society was formed in 1961 in tribute to this great man.
Here are two of his most famous tunes, the first being “Leaning on a lamp post.”
The second being, “When I’m cleaning windows.”
This is the George Formby Society which meets every year and is as popular today as it was years ago, only in Great Britain you may think and you may be right but eccentricity is considered a virtue in this country.
George Formby has obviously influenced other performers, one of which is The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.
Finally I give you a documentary on George Formby with the recommendation that you seek him out on youtube where you can find his films and tunes. It is people like George Formby and Gracie Fields who kept moral up and may have gone some way in assisting the winning of World War Two.
I can say no more ladies and gentlemen, I give you the rather wonderful George Formby, do enjoy. “Turned out nice again!”