|Genres:||Comedy Movies Vocals|
|Tags:||comedy ukulele music hall british northern ukelele all|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s|
George Hoy Booth, 26 May 1904, Wigan, Lancashire, England, d. 6 March 1961, Penwortham, Lancashire, England. The son of George Formby, a successful Edwardian Music Hall comedian, George Hoy was an apprentice jockey before following in his fathers footsteps when he died in 1921. At first he worked under his real name and offered what he believed to be an imitation of his fathers act - although he had never seen him perform. He changed his name to Formby and discarded the old image when he introduced a ukulele into his act, and then, just as significantly, married dancer, Beryl Ingham in September 1924. The lady was to mastermind - some would say, dominate - the remainder of his career. In the late 20s he developed a stage personality that was described variously as: the beloved imbecile, the modern minstrel and, with a carp-like face, a mouth outrageously full of teeth, a walk that seems normally to be that of a flustered...