George Formby Sr.  (1877-1921)
Last updated: 01.09.21
p_formbysg.jpgAccording to the Internet source given below, George Formby [James Lawler Booth] was an English comedian and singer born in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire.
Raised in poverty, he was one of the greatest music hall performers of the early 20th century his act being that of a gormless Lancashire lad that earned him the sobriquet of "The Wigan Nightingale". He established himself in Lancashire during the 1890s billed as J.H. Booth until 1897 when he changed his stage name to George Formby. His first appearance in London was in 1902 attracting the attention of many luminaries including Marie Lloyd and George Robey. He went on to make some 120 recordings as well as establishing a film career.
Formby was injured in June 1916 during rehearsals for the revue Razzle-Dazzle worsening his prevalent ill-health exacerbated by influenza pandemic of 1918.
He died near is home in Warrington, Lancashire.
Websites:
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Folk Music CDs:
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This list is arranged by title and contains 31 lyrics performed by George Formby Sr.. The lyrics/monologues and *.pdf files have been kindly compiled by monologues.co.uk/musichall
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url15.gif Animal Language Robert P. Weston (music)
Fred J Barnes (words)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
 
url15.gif Bells Were Ringing, The George Formby Sr. (words & music)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
 
url15.gif Father Tried It On Arthur Peel (words & music)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
 
url15.gif Frightened to Go to Sleep Again George Formby Sr. (music)
Lipton (words)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
 
url15.gif Funicular (Plink-Plonk) George Formby Sr. (words & music)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
 
url15.gif Get Behind and Follow Me George Formby Sr. (words & music)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
 
url15.gif Grandfather's Clock Henry Clay Work (words & music)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
 
url15.gif I Began to Run C.W. Murphy (music)
Dan Lipton (words)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
 
url15.gif I Had My Hands in My Pockets J.P. Long (music)
Paul Pelham (words)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
 
url15.gif I Kept on Waving My Flag George Formby Sr. (words & music)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
 
url15.gif I Lifted the Latch and Walked In Will Hyde (music)
George Formby Sr. (words)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
 
url15.gif  I Parted My Hair in the Middle C.W. Murphy (music)
Worton David (words)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
 
url15.gif I Put on My Coat and Went Home William Hargreaves (music)
James Hargreaves (words)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
 
url15.gif I Was Standing at the Corner of the Street George Formby Sr. (words & music)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
 
url15.gif It Must Be the Clothes I'm Wearing J.P. Long (music)
Paul Pelham (words)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
 
url15.gif John Willie - Come On! George Formby Sr. (words & music)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
 
url15.gif Looking For Mugs in the Strand George Formby Sr. (words & music)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
 
url15.gif Lucky Jim Frederic V. Bowers (music)
Charles Horwitz (words)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
 
url15.gif Man Was a Stranger to Me, The T.W. Connor (words & music)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
 
url15.gif My Grandfather's Clock George Formby Sr. (words & music)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
 
url15.gif My Mother Said George Formby Sr. (words & music)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
 
url15.gif Odds and Ends George Formby Sr. (words & music)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
 
url15.gif One of ''The Boys'' Maurice Scott (music)
Fred J. Barnes (words)
R.P. Weston (words)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
Joe Elvin (perf. by)
Nellie Farren (perf. by)
Lionel MacKinder (perf. by)
 
url15.gif  Orrible 'Erbert Dan Lipton (music)
George Formby Sr. (words)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
 
url15.gif Our House Is Haunted George Formby Sr. (words & music)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
 
url15.gif Playing the Game in the West Alec Kendal (music)
George Formby Sr. (words)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
 
url15.gif Since I Had a Go at My Dumb-Bells Maurice Scott (words & music)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
 
url15.gif Walker Walked Away C.W. Murphy (music)
Dan Lipton (words)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
 
url15.gif We All Went Home in a Cab George Formby Sr. (words & music)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
 
url15.gif We All Went to Leicester Square George Formby Sr. (words & music)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
 
url15.gif When Father Said He'd Pay the Rent William Hargreaves (words & music)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
 
     Title Performer Comments
       
audio15.gif Father Tried It On Arthur Peel Indestructible Record: 7054 at USCB
audio15.gif I Kept on Waving My Flag George Formby Sr. Edison Amberol: 12053 at USCB
audio15.gif I Was Standing at the Corner of the Street George Formby Sr. Edison Amberol: 12270 at USCB
audio15.gif John Willie - Come On! George Formby Sr. Kindly provided by Roger Wilmut at rfwilmut.net
This list is arranged by composer and contains 38 songs sung by George Formby Sr. who is featured on sheet music covers. It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: (w&m) ER
     Title Composer Attribution Remarks
         
sm15.gif Lucky Jim (1896) Frederic V. Bowers Charles Horwitz (words)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
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sm15.gif Man Was a Stranger to Me (1919), The T.W. Connor(w&m) G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
sm15.gif I Parted My Hair in the Middle (1913) Worton David C.W. Murphy (words)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
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sm15.gif All of a Sudden It Struck Me (1915) George Formby Sr. G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
sm15.gif Bells Were Ringing (?), The George Formby Sr. G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
sm15.gif Frightened to Go to Sleep Again (?) George Formby Sr. Dan Lipton (words)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
sm15.gif Funicular (Plink-Plonk) (1910) George Formby Sr. G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
sm15.gif Get Behind and Follow Me (?) George Formby Sr. G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
sm15.gif Grandfather's Clock (1917) George Formby Sr. G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
sm15.gif I Kept on Waving My Flag (1910) George Formby Sr. G. Formby Sr. (perf. by) audio15.gif
sm15.gif  I Said, ''Oh! Oh!! Oh!!!'' (1904) George Formby Sr. A B Kendal (words)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
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sm15.gif I Was Standing at the Corner of the Street (1910) George Formby Sr. I Hunt (words)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
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sm15.gif John Willie - Come On! (1909) George Formby Sr.(w&m) G. Formby Sr. (perf. by) wvicon.gifaudio15.gif
sm15.gif Looking For Mugs in the Strand (1915) George Formby Sr. G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
sm15.gif My Grandfather's Clock (1917) George Formby Sr. G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
sm15.gif My Mother Said (1906) George Formby Sr.(w&m) G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
sm15.gif Odds and Ends (1900c) George Formby Sr. G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
sm15.gif Our House Is Haunted (?) George Formby Sr. G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
sm15.gif We All Went Home in a Cab (?) George Formby Sr.(w&m) G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
sm15.gif We All Went to Leicester Square (?) George Formby Sr.(w&m) G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
sm15.gif I Put on My Coat and Went Home (1910) William Hargreaves J. Hargreaves (words)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
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sm15.gif  Then We All Went Marching In (1913) William Hargreaves(w&m) G. Formby Sr. (perf. by) wvicon.gif
sm15.gif When Father Said He'd Pay the Rent (1914) William Hargreaves G. Formby Sr. (perf. by) audio15.gif
sm15.gif I Lifted the Latch and Walked In (1909) Will Hyde George Formby Sr. (words)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
sm15.gif Playing the Game in the West (1910) Alec Kendal George Formby Sr. (words)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
A. Peel (perf. by)
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sm15.gif Did You See the Crowd in Piccadilly? (1915) Dan Lipton F.W. Leigh (words)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
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sm15.gif Orrible 'Erbert (?) Dan Lipton George Formby Sr. (words)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
sm15.gif It Must Be the Clothes I'm Wearing (1915) J.P. Long Paul Pelham (words)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
sm15.gif I Had My Hands in My Pockets (?) J.P. Long Paul Pelham (words)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
sm15.gif Walker Walked Away (1905) C.W. Murphy Dan Lipton (words)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
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sm15.gif I Began to Run (1908) C.W. Murphy Dan Lipton (words)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
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sm15.gif Plink-Plonk! (1910) C.W. Murphy Dan Lipton (words)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
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sm15.gif  I Parted My Hair in the Middle (1913) C.W. Murphy Worton David (words)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
sm15.gif Father Tried It On (1910) Arthur Peel G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
sm15.gif One of ''The Boys'' (1907) Maurice Scott Fred J. Barnes (words)
R.P. Weston (words)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
Joe Elvin (perf. by)
Nellie Farren (perf. by)
Lionel MacKinder (perf. by)
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sm15.gif Since I Had a Go at My Dumb-Bells (1910) Maurice Scott(w&m) G. Formby Sr. (perf. by) wvicon.gif
sm15.gif Animal Language (1904) Robert P. Weston Fred J Barnes (words)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
sm15.gif Grandfather's Clock (1876) Henry Clay Work G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
Christy Minstrels (perf. by)
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This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 18 works by George Formby Sr. (1877-1921). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: (w&m)
Title Year Attribution Remarks
       
Odds and Ends 1900c G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
I Said, ''Oh! Oh!! Oh!!!'' 1904 A B Kendal (words)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
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My Mother Said (w&m) 1906 G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
John Willie - Come On! (w&m) 1909 G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)  wvicon.gif audio15.gif
Father Tried It On 1910 A. Peel (perf. by)  audio15.gif
Funicular (Plink-Plonk) 1910 G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
I Kept on Waving My Flag 1910 G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)  audio15.gif
I Was Standing at the Corner of the Street 1910 I Hunt (words)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
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All of a Sudden It Struck Me 1915 G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)  youtube15.jpg youtube15.jpg
Looking For Mugs in the Strand 1915 G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
Grandfather's Clock 1917 G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)  youtube15.jpg youtube15.jpg
My Grandfather's Clock 1917 G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
Bells Were Ringing, The ? G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
Frightened to Go to Sleep Again ? Dan Lipton (words)
G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
Get Behind and Follow Me ? G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
Our House Is Haunted ? G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
We All Went Home in a Cab (w&m) ? G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
We All Went to Leicester Square (w&m) ? G. Formby Sr. (perf. by)
     Title Dur Performer Composer Score/Song
           
youtube15.jpg Plink Plonk (1909) 4:16 George Formby Sr. L. Denza 
youtube15.jpg All of a Sudden It Struck Me (1915) 3:01 George Formby Sr. G. Formby Sr. 
youtube15.jpg Grandfather's Clock (1917) 3:16 George Formby Sr. G. Formby Sr. 
youtube15.jpg Standing at the Corner of the Street (1910) 7:01 George Formby Sr. G. Formby Sr.