Monday, June 27, 2011

Clinton Ford

An Lp on the cheapo Marble Arch label from 1968 I found at the boot sale the other day for 50p. I have a couple of other Lp's by Clinton Ford and all the songs are from the music hall or written in that comedic style. Clinton is accompanied by George Chisholm (trombone) and the Inmates.

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'."

Tracks are -

1. My Baby's Wild About My Old Trombone
2. The Old Bazaar In Cairo
3. He Played His Ukulele As The Ship Went Down
4. The Pig Got Up And Slowly Walked Away
5. The Night I Appeared As Macbeth
6. The Biggest Balalaika In The World

Clinton Ford - Side One

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