Cover versions of some of the songs that George made famous
sounds like george

Herman’s Hermits - Leaning On A Lamp Post

Peter Noone and Herman’s Hermits were a popular 60’s group who’s biggest UK hit was, “I’m In To Something Good” which reached No 1 in August 1964. They had many other hits and in April 1966 recorded ‘Lamp Post’ but ironically did not release it in the UK. But it did reach No 2 in New Zealand!

Clinton Ford - Fanlight Fanny

Clinton Ford was a very popular and versatile singer in the UK in the 50’s and 60’s and featured on many broadcasts of the BBC’s light programme, Saturday Club. He recorded three Formby classics but Fanlight Fanny was actually his biggest hit when it reached No 22 in March 1962.

Lonnie Donegan - Auntie Maggie’s Remedy

Lonnie was known as “The King of Skiffle” and was a very big star and had lots of hits between 1956 and 1962 but when the Beatles appeared, Lonnie faded. He recorded ‘Auntie Maggie in 1967 but it did not chart.

Arthur Askey - Hold Your Hats On

Arthur was a big star for many years, making his début on the variety stage in 1924 and continuing to work in to his 80’s. He featured in variety theatre, films, radio and TV performances. His big hit was “The Bee Song” but he made lots of recordings and appeared in 10 Royal Command Performances. Like George, Arthur was a well-loved character.

Norman Wisdom - Leaning On A Lamp Post

Another who did everything in show biz and worked until late in his long life. Norman (in my opinion) took over from George in the 1950’s as England’s best comedian and also made a string of films which for Wisdom fans, are still popular today. Norman’s big hit was “Don’t Laugh At Me Cos I’m A Fool” but he found the time to record one of George’s best known numbers and is very welcome on this page.

Bill Haley and The Comets - You Can’t Stop Me From Dreaming

There are lots of different versions of this song, I could easily fill this page with it! It must be one of the most popular covers of all time. Who better than the one and only the Father of Rock n Roll, Bill Haley to come up with this version. Push the chairs back and get jiving!

Dick Robertson - You Can’t Stop Me From Dreaming

Dick Robertson was a popular American band leader and songwriter in the 1930’s and 1940’s. I only discovered Dick a few months ago but have to say that his albums are very well produced and listenable.

Dick Robertson - Chinese Laundry Blues

Dick Robertson again with a great version of Chinese Laundry Blues. It is unusual to listen to an American accent singing the song after listening and playing George’s version so many times.

Danny La Rue - Fanlight Fanny

Danny was tops in variety and TV for many years from the 1960’s and was still doing pantomime shortly before his death at age 81. A totally colourful and very popular character throughout his career.

Gracie Fields - Like The Big Pots Do

Gracie Fields was a mega-star at the same time as George Formby and came from the same Lancashire background. She made her first stage appearance as a 5-year old in 1905 and was working right up to her death in 1979. Imagine George and Gracie in the 1930’s and 40’s, there was nobody bigger than these two and they Were born just 20 miles from each other.
My grateful thanks to GFS member Steve Langford for submitting this track
My grateful thanks to GFS member Steve Langford for submitting this track

Ozzie Nelson - You Can’t Stop Me From Dreaming

Ozzie was an American band leader in the 1930’s and 1940’s and also in the 1940’s he developed his own radio show,  The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. This eventually went on TV in the States and Ozzie enjoyed a very successful show biz career. He is also father to well known rock singer, Rick Nelson
My grateful thanks to GFS member Steve Langford for submitting this track

The Fourmost - Auntie Maggies Remedy

The Fourmost were a part of the Mersey Beat story and also were signed to the Brian Epstein management empire. They had a couple of really good hits in the UK in 1963 and 1964. Their first, “Hello Little Girl” is one I fondly remember, but their biggest hit was “A Little Loving.”

George Harrison - In My Little Snapshot Album

What can I say about this chap? Just that he visited the GFS in March 1991 along with Jimmy Nail and he was a member for a while - but he was never President of the GFS or a honorary member as I keep reading in the press. He gave the Society publicity at the time and in 1991 the GFS was booming anyway with the Warrington Exhibition and the showing of Daniel Wiles The South Bank Show.
Cover versions of some of the songs that George made famous
sounds like george

Herman’s Hermits - Leaning On A Lamp Post

Peter Noone and Herman’s Hermits were a popular 60’s group who’s biggest UK hit was, “I’m In To Something Good” which reached No 1 in August 1964. They had many other hits and in April 1966 recorded ‘Lamp Post’ but ironically did not release it in the UK. But it did reach No 2 in New Zealand!

Clinton Ford - Fanlight Fanny

Clinton Ford was a very popular and versatile singer in the UK in the 50’s and 60’s and featured on many broadcasts of the BBC’s light programme, Saturday Club. He recorded three Formby classics but Fanlight Fanny was actually his biggest hit when it reached No 22 in March 1962.

Lonnie Donegan - Auntie Maggie’s Remedy

Lonnie was known as “The King of Skiffle” and was a very big star and had lots of hits between 1956 and 1962 but when the Beatles appeared, Lonnie faded. He recorded ‘Auntie Maggie in 1967 but it did not chart.

Arthur Askey - Hold Your Hats On

Arthur was a big star for many years, making his début on the variety stage in 1924 and continuing to work in to his 80’s.  He featured in variety theatre, films, radio and TV performances. His big hit was “The Bee Song” but he made lots of recordings and appeared in 10 Royal Command Performances. Like George, Arthur was a well-loved character.

Norman Wisdom - Leaning On A Lamp Post

Another who did everything in show biz and worked until late in his long life. Norman (in my opinion) took over from George in the 1950’s as England’s best comedian and also made a string of films which for Wisdom fans, are still popular today. Norman’s big hit was “Don’t Laugh At Me Cos I’m A Fool” but he found the time to record one of George’s best known numbers and is very welcome on this page.

Bill Haley - You Can’t Stop Me From Dreaming

There are lots of different versions of this song, I could easily fill this page with it! It must be one of the most popular covers of all time. Who better than the one and only the Father of Rock n Roll, Bill Haley to come up with this version. Push the chairs back and get jiving!

Dick Robertson - You Can’t Stop Me From Dreaming

Dick Robertson was a popular American band leader and songwriter in the 1930’s and 1940’s. I only discovered Dick a few months ago but have to say that his albums are very well produced and listenable.

Dick Robertson - Chinese Laundry Blues

Dick Robertson again with a great version of Chinese Laundry Blues. It is unusual to listen to an American accent singing the song after listening and playing George’s version so many times.

Danny La Rue - Fanlight Fanny

Danny was tops in variety and TV for many years from the 1960’s and was still doing pantomime shortly before his death at age 81. A totally colourful and very popular character throughout his career.

Gracie Fields - Like The Big Pots Do

Gracie Fields was a mega-star at the same time as George Formby and came from the same Lancashire background. She made her first stage appearance as a 5-year old in 1905 and was working right up to her death in 1979. Imagine George and Gracie in the 1930’s and 40’s, there was nobody bigger than these two and they were born just 20 miles from each other.
My grateful thanks to GFS member Steve Langford for submitting this track
My grateful thanks to GFS member Steve Langford for submitting this track

Ozzie Nelson - You Can’t Stop Me From Dreaming

Ozzie was an American band leader in the 1930’s and 1940’s and also in the 1940’s he developed his own radio show,  The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. This eventually went on TV in the States and Ozzie enjoyed a very successful show biz career. He is also father to well known rock singer, Rick Nelson.
My grateful thanks to GFS member Steve Langford for submitting this track

The Fourmost - Auntie Maggies Remedy

The Fourmost were a part of the Mersey Beat story and also were signed to the Brian Epstein management empire. They had a couple of really good hits in the UK in 1963 and 1964. Their first, “Hello Little Girl” is one I fondly remember, but their biggest hit was “A Little Loving.”

George Harrison - In My Little Snapshot Album

What can I say about this chap? Just that he visited the GFS in March 1991 along with Jimmy Nail and he was a member for a while - but he was never President of the GFS or a honorary member as I keep reading in the press. He gave the Society publicity at the time and in 1991 the GFS was booming anyway with the Warrington Exhibition and the showing of Daniel Wiles The South Bank Show.