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George Formby (1904–1961)


Born George Hoy Booth in Wigan, Lancashire on 26 May 1904, he later took his father's stage name of George Formby. He briefly attended school where he failed to learn to read or write so was removed from formal education and sent to become a stable boy in Middleham, North Yorkshire, where he later became an apprentice jockey. In 1915 with the ... See full bio »

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Known For

Boots! Boots! John Willie - Boots
(1934)
Never Let Me Go Himself
(2010)
(2011)
Matchstick Men Soundtrack
(2003)

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 2019 Mrs. Lowry and Son (performer: "She's Never Been Seen Since Then")
 2019 Granada Reports (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- 14 February 2019: Evening Bulletin (2019) ... (performer: "When I'm Cleaning Windows" - uncredited)
  Holding Back the Years (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 2018) (writer - 1 episode, 2018)
- Episode #2.4 (2018) ... (performer: "Keep Fit" - uncredited) / (writer: "Keep Fit" - uncredited)
 2017 England Is Mine (performer: "I Don't Like") / (writer: "I Don't Like")
  Top Gear (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2016) (writer - 1 episode, 2016)
- Episode #23.1 (2016) ... (performer: "It's Turned Out Nice Again" - uncredited) / (writer: "It's Turned Out Nice Again" - uncredited)
 2015 Norfolk (performer: "Swimmin with the Wimmin")
 2014 Britain's Most Dangerous Songs: Listen to the Banned (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "With My Little Stick of Blackpool Rock") / (writer: "With My Little Stick of Blackpool Rock")
 2011 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (performer: "Mr Wu's a Window Cleaner Now") / (writer: "Mr Wu's a Window Cleaner Now")
 2011 George Harrison: Living in the Material World (Documentary) (performer: "Count Your Blessings and Smile") / (writer: "Count Your Blessings and Smile")
 2011 TT3D: Closer to the Edge (Documentary) (performer: "Riding in the T.T. Races")
 2010 Upstairs Downstairs (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Fledgling (2010) ... (writer: "Fanlight Fanny" - uncredited)
 2010 Never Let Me Go (performer: "COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS AND SMILE") / (writer: "COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS AND SMILE")
  Timeshift (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 2008) (writer - 1 episode, 2008)
- The Comic Songbook (2008) ... (performer: "With My Little Stick of Blackpool Rock") / (writer: "With My Little Stick of Blackpool Rock")
 2008 Chemical Wedding (performer: "Fanlight Fanny") / (writer: "Fanlight Fanny")
  Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2007) (writer - 1 episode, 2007)
- Curry Lounge (2007) ... (performer: "When I'm Cleaning Windows" - uncredited) / (writer: "When I'm Cleaning Windows" - uncredited)
 2005 The White Countess (performer: "Chinese Laundry Blues" (1932))
 2004 The Queen of Sheba's Pearls (performer: "When I'm Cleaning Windows") / (writer: "When I'm Cleaning Windows")
 2003 Matchstick Men (performer: "Leaning on a Lamp Post")
 1999 The Royle Family (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Antony's Birthday (1999) ... (writer: "Grandad's Flannelette Nightshirt")
  Goodnight Sweetheart (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes, 1995 - 1996) (performer - 2 episodes, 1995 - 1996)
- It Ain't Necessarily So (1996) ... (performer: "With My Little Stick of Blackpool Rock", "Leaning on a Lamp-Post" - uncredited) / (writer: "With My Little Stick of Blackpool Rock" - uncredited)
- Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (1995) ... (performer: "With My Little Stick of Blackpool Rock" - uncredited) / (writer: "With My Little Stick of Blackpool Rock" - uncredited)
- Would You Like to Swing on a Star (1995) ... (writer: "Chinese Laundry Blues" - uncredited)
- Who's Taking You Home Tonight? (1995) ... (writer: "When I'm Cleaning Windows" - uncredited)
 1994 Stars in Their Eyes (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Live Grand Final 1994 (1994) ... (writer: "When I'm Cleaning Windows")
- Episode #5.4 (1994) ... (writer: "When I'm Cleaning Windows")
  The Beiderbecke Tapes (TV Mini-Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1987) (writer - 1 episode, 1987)
- Episode #1.1 (1987) ... (performer: "Leaning on a Lamppost", "With my Little Stick of Blackpool Rock", "Chinese Laundry Blues") / (writer: "With my Little Stick of Blackpool Rock")
 1981 Top of the Pops (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 17 December 1981 (1981) ... (writer: "Stars Over 45 (Medley)")
  All Creatures Great and Small (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1980) (writer - 1 episode, 1980)
- Home and Away (1980) ... (performer: "With My Little Ukelele in My Hand", "When I'm Cleaning Windows", "With My Little Stick of Blackpool Rock", "It's a Grand and Healthy Life", "Dan the Dairyman" - uncredited) / (writer: "When I'm Cleaning Windows", "With My Little Stick of Blackpool Rock", "It's a Grand and Healthy Life", "Dan the Dairyman" - uncredited)
 1946 George in Civvy Street (performer: "We've Been A Long Time Gone", "The Mad March Hare", "You Don't Need A License For That", "It Could Be", "I Was Christened With A Horse-Shoe") / (writer: "We've Been A Long Time Gone", "The Mad March Hare", "You Don't Need A License For That")
 1945 I Didn't Do It (performer: "She's Got Two Of Everything", "I'd Like A Dream Like That", "The Daring Young Man" - uncredited) / (writer: "I'd Like A Dream Like That", "The Daring Young Man" - uncredited)
 1945 He Snoops to Conquer (performer: "Hill Billy Willie", "Got To Get Your Photo In The Press", "Unconditional Surrender") / (writer: "Hill Billy Willie")
 1944 Champagne Charlie (writer: "Ee! But It's a Grand and Healthy Life" - uncredited)
 1944 Bell-Bottom George (: (uncredited0 - (performer: "Swim Little Fish" , "It Serves You Right" , "If I Had A Girl Like You" , "Bell Bottom George", uncredited)
 1943 Get Cracking (performer: "Under The Blasted Oak", "Home Guard Blues", "Get Cracking" - uncredited) / (writer: "Under The Blasted Oak", "Home Guard Blues", "Get Cracking" - uncredited)
 1942 Much Too Shy (performer: "Andy The Handy Man", "They Laughed When I Started To Play", "Talking To The Moon About You", "Delivering The Morning Milk") / (writer: "They Laughed When I Started To Play", "Delivering The Morning Milk")
 1941 South American George (performer: "I'd Do It With a Smile", "Swing Mama", "The Barmaid at The Rose & Crown", "I Played on My Spanish Guitar") / (writer: "The Barmaid at The Rose & Crown")
 1941 Turned Out Nice Again (lyrics: "Auntie Maggie's Remedy") / (music: "Auntie Maggie's Remedy") / (performer: "Auntie Maggie's Remedy", "Can't Go Wrong In These", "Emperor Of Lancashire", "You're Everything To Me")
 1940 Spare a Copper (lyrics: "I'm Shy") / (music: "I'm Shy") / (performer: "Ukulele Man", "On The Beat", "I Wish I Was Back On The Farm", "I'm Shy")
 1940 Somewhere in England (writer: "Our Sergeant Major" - uncredited)
 1940 To Hell with Hitler (performer: "Mr. Wu Is a Window Cleaner Now", "Grandad's Flannelette Nightshirt", "Oh, Don't the Wind Blow Cold", "Count Your Blessings and Smile" - uncredited) / (writer: "Mr. Wu Is a Window Cleaner Now", "Grandad's Flannelette Nightshirt", "Oh, Don't the Wind Blow Cold", "Count Your Blessings and Smile" - uncredited)
 1939 Come on George! (performer: "I'm Making Headway Now", "I Couldn't Let The Stable Down", "Pardon Me", "Goodnight Little Fellow, Goodnight" - uncredited) / (writer: "I'm Making Headway Now", "I Couldn't Let The Stable Down", "Pardon Me", "Goodnight Little Fellow, Goodnight" - uncredited)
 1939 Trouble Brewing (performer: "Hitting the High Spots Now", "I Can Tell It By My Horoscope", "Fanlight Fanny" - uncredited) / (writer: "Hitting the High Spots Now", "I Can Tell It By My Horoscope", "Fanlight Fanny" - uncredited)
 1938 George Takes the Air (performer: "Our Sergeant Major", "They Can't Fool Me", "It's In The Air") / (writer: "Our Sergeant Major", "They Can't Fool Me")
 1938 I See Ice! (performer: "In My Little Snapshot Album", "Noughts And Crosses", "Mother What'll I Do Now?") / (writer: "Mother What'll I Do Now?")
 1937 Keep Fit (performer: "Biceps, Muscle and Brawn", "I Don't Like", "Keep Fit" - uncredited) / (writer: "Biceps, Muscle and Brawn", "I Don't Like", "Keep Fit" - uncredited)
 1937 Feather Your Nest (performer: "When We Feather Our Nest", "I'm As Happy As A Sandboy", "Leaning On A Lampost" - uncredited) / (writer: "When We Feather Our Nest" - uncredited)
 1936 Keep Your Seats, Please! (performer: "Keep Your Seats, Please!", "When I'm Cleaning Windows", "Goodnight Binkie" - uncredited) / (writer: "Keep Your Seats, Please!", "When I'm Cleaning Windows" - uncredited)
 1935 Off the Dole (performer: "With My Little Ukulele In My Hand", "If You Don't Want The Goods, Don't Maul 'Em", "I Promised To Be Home By Nine-O-Clock", "I'm Going To Stick To My Mother", "Isn't Love A Very Funny Thing?", "Surely There's No Harm In A Kiss")
 1935 No Limit (performer: "Riding In The T.T. Races", "Riding Around On A Rainbow", "In A Little Wigan Garden", "Your Way Is My Way" - uncredited) / (writer: "Riding Around On A Rainbow" - uncredited)
 1934 Boots! Boots! (performer: "Baby", "Why Don't Women Like Me?", "Sitting On The Ice In The Ice Rink", "I Could Make A Good Living At That") / (writer: "Why Don't Women Like Me?", "Chinese Laundry Blues")
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in George Posford's musical, "Zip Goes a Million," at the Palace Theatre in London, England, with Barbara Perry, Warde Donovan and Sara Gregory in the cast. NOTE: In October of 1951 he had a heart attack and was forced to leave the show. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 5 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

George Formby Jr. | George Hoy

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:

His best known song, "Leaning on a Lamp Post", which became his trademark, was first sung in his film Feather Your Nest (1937). See more »

Nickname:

Ukulele George

Star Sign:

Gemini

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