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.

MAX MILLER

COME HITHER WITH

YOUR ZITHER

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”

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.

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.    
Diz Disley was famous for his acoustic jazz guitar playing and was influenced by Django Reinhardt. He featured heavily in British trad- jazz and skiffle and also brought comedy into his act.

DIZ DISLEY

WITH MY LITTLE UKULELE

IN MY HAND

JOE BROWN

I GO CLEANING WINDOWS

Joe Brown has always been a lover of both the ukulele and George Formby. A brilliant guitarist and performer who has been a popular figure in entertainment for over sixty years and continues to tour and record and has always enjoyed the respect and popularity of audiences of all ages.

JAN & KJELD

BANJO BOY

Two brothers, Kjeld born in Sweden and Jan born in Denmark. They won several singing competitions in Denmark/Sweden and appeared on TV and radio. They released Banjo Boy in 1960 and it went to number 1 in the German pop charts. They also appeared in a few German films between 1959 and 1962.

LIEUTENANT PIGEON

HAPPY GO LUCKY ME

More famous for the 1972 No 1 UK single “Mouldy Old Dough”, Happy Go Lucky Me was the A side for George Formby’s last record in 1960 and is featured on a page dedicated to the song  when it enjoyed a revival by being used for Sainsbury’s Christmas TV ad in 2011.