Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Short Happy Life of George Formby

George Formby died 50 years ago this month, only 71 days after his domineering wife, Beryl, gave him the best Christmas present of his life by dying the previous December 25th.

Frigid. Domineering. Self-centered. Director Monty Banks seems to have summed her up nicely when he noted:
‘The only time you’ll get me directing anything where that f*****g Formby woman is concerned will be when she is playing the murder victim and the scene is for real.’


'Ukulele Rob said...

OK, but per Wiki, "In 1946 Beryl and George toured South Africa shortly before formal racial apartheid was introduced, where they refused to play racially-segregated venues. According to Formby's biographer, when George was cheered by a black audience after embracing a small black girl who had presented his wife with a box of chocolates, National Party leader Daniel Fran├žois Malan (who later introduced apartheid) phoned to complain; Beryl replied "Why don't you piss off you horrible little man?" That's enough for me to forgive her for a lot.

And the success she insured for George as his domineering business manager was his choice, so no midget violins here for George.

And finally, if you're a GF fan like I am, don't miss Ralph Shaw's fabulous tribute show at this coming weekends' Reno-Tahoe 'Uke Fest in lovely Sparks, NV (info at www.playuke.net).

Ron Hale said...

I just came upon a very nice little 6 1/2 minute Formby documentary video, Gary -

George Formby's Uke - a tribute by
Andy Eastwood

Good stuff, if it's new to you take a look.

Gary said...

Ron, how's about a link?

Ron Hale said...

It's YouTube, so just search on the words in the title. I'm afraid anything else is too high-tech for me, Gary.

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