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!
Cover versions of some of the songs that Georgemade famous
Reg Dixon - Ordinary People
A rare track from Reg Dixon, the Coventry comedian who took over from George Formby in the hit show, Zip Goes A Million after George suffered a serious heart attack. Reg stayed with the show until it closed after 544 performances on 7 February 1953.
Clinton Ford - Fanlight Fanny
Lonnie Donegan - Auntie Maggie’s Remedy
Arthur Askey - Hold Your Hats On
Norman Wisdom - Leaning On A Lamp Post
Bill Haley and The Comets - You Can’t Stop Me From Dreaming
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 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 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.
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.
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 - Chinese Laundry Blues
Danny La Rue - Fanlight Fanny
Gracie Fields - Like The Big Pots Do
Ozzie Nelson - You Can’t Stop Me From Dreaming
The Fourmost - Auntie Maggies Remedy
George Harrison - In My Little Snapshot Album
Max Miller - Come Hither With Your Zither
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 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 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 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.
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
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.”
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.
The legendary Max Miller! Enormously popular comedian and known as “The Cheeky Chappie”. He used double entendre to great effect when telling jokes but he also recorded songs and starred in films in a career that lasted over forty years.To quote one of his many catchphrases, Max Miller - “There’ll Never Be Another”
Leslie Sarony - The Old Kitchen Kettle
A well known entertainer who enjoyed a long and succesful career in show biz. He made records, wrote songs, appeared in the West End and made films and was active until into his eighties on TV. He also had a partnership with Leslie Holmes (The Two Leslies) from 1933 until 1946.