Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Clinton Ford

clinton ford
Clinton Ford, whose real name was George Harrison strangely enough was born in 1931 in Salford near Manchester in the North West of England.
"Clinton will now be best remembered for his novelty song, "Fanlight Fanny"- a recording he made while he was with Oriole, a minor label which had association with the Woolworth's budget record brand, 'Embassy'. In fact Clinton Ford was one of Oriole's most successful artists for a while, and "Fanlight Fanny" looked like Clinton's break into the big time. Sadly, it never quite happened.

Like many other artists of the time, Clinton had first excercised his entertainment ambitions by becoming a 'redcoat' at Butlins. Although his own leanings were towards country and western material, he began singing with traditional jazz bands and skiffle groups. This appears to have influenced his style somewhat and much of his best work was done in the company of trad groups like the Merseysippi Jazz Band and George Chisholm for example. Clinton's choice of recorded material was certainly diverse- with everything from the country flavoured sentimental 'Old Shep' and his confident interpretation of 'Run To The Door' through the most outrageous novelties like 'The Old Bazaar In Cairo' and even George Formby's 'Why Don't Women Like Me'."

Clinton Ford - Fanlight Fanny

Clinton Ford - Yakka Hula Hickey Dula

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3 comments:

Howlin' Hobbit said...

Hmmm... named after a soon-to-be-famous lad from Liverpool and then changes it to two future American presidents. :-)

Fanlight Fanny rocks! When was it recorded? I think it's my favorite cut that I've found here so far.

Keep up the great work!

Howlin' Hobbit (www.howlinhobbit.com)
Got Uke?

michael said...

Mid 60's would be my guess. No info on the sleeve.
Thanks for your positive comments Howlin'. Some uke will appear at some point I'm sure.

Cocaine Jesus said...

oh yes, I remember him. Didn't know he was another George though.