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Fanlight Fanny

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Fanlight Fanny"
Single by Clinton Ford
B-side"Dreamy City Lullaby"[1]
GenreTraditional pop music
LabelOriole Records - CB 1706[3]
Songwriter(s)George Formby, Harry Gifford and Fred E. Cliffe
Producer(s)John Schroeder[4]
Clinton Ford singles chronology
"Too Many Beautiful Girls"
"Fanlight Fanny"
"What More Can I Say"

"Fanlight Fanny" is a song written in 1935 by George Formby, Harry Gifford and Fred E. Cliffe, and recorded by Formby in May that year.[5][6] Another notable version was released in 1962 by Clinton Ford.

Song information

The song when originally recorded by George Formby enjoyed a successful release on 78rpm. It was released on Decca Records (F5569) on 29 May 1935.[7] The song also appeared in Formby's 1939 film Trouble Brewing,[8] in which it bore an additional verse.[5] It tells the tale of a tawdry, West End-based woman of a certain age, full with alcohol and shoplifted goods, trying to earn a living in a Soho night spot, where she is "Fanlight Fanny the frowsey night-club queen".[9]

The version recorded by Clinton Ford in 1962 had accompaniment by the 'George Chisholm All Stars'.[3] It also, with permission, had added new words written by Ford.[10] "Fanlight Fanny" was Ford's third UK chart hit and his most successful single, reaching No. 22 in the UK Singles Chart in March 1962. It spent ten weeks in that chart.[11][12] His album Clinton Ford, also known as Clint Ford Sings Fanlight Fanny (1962), peaked at No. 16 in the UK Albums Chart.[11][13]

It was an ideal type of song to counteract Ford's earlier attempts at country and rock and roll, and proved a springboard for much of what followed in his recording career. He later recorded the Wally Lindsay-penned "Fanlight Fanny’s Daughter" (1963),[1] a track also released as a single, albeit with considerably less success.[5] In 1968, on Ford's album Clinton The Clown (re-released in 1970 on Marble Arch Records), the song's character reappeared as "Fan-Dance Fanny", a renaming and re-recording which had a small change in lyrical content.[14] With the passage of six years, Fanny wore "dustbin lids on her chest" rather than her earlier "saucepan lids".[5]

Other uses

Formby's original version was used on the soundtrack to the 2008 horror film Chemical Wedding.[15]


  1. ^ a b "Clinton Ford". Retrieved 2016-04-09.
  2. ^ "UK Minor Hits of 1962". 2014-04-13. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  3. ^ a b "Clinton Ford - Fanlight Fanny / Dreamy City Lullaby (Vinyl)". Retrieved 2016-04-09.
  4. ^ "John Schroeder, Alaska Records, Pye, Oriole, Oriole American, Sounds Orchestral, Helen Shapiro, Status Quo, Mersey Beat". 1961-12-04. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  5. ^ a b c d "Clinton Ford With George Chisholm And The Inmates (3) - Clinton The Clown". 2014-12-30. Retrieved 2016-04-09.
  6. ^ "Fanlight Fanny chords by George Formby (Melody Line, Lyrics & Chords – 108224)". Retrieved 2016-04-09.
  7. ^ "The George Formby Discography". p. 3. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-04-09.
  8. ^ Trouble Brewing. "Trouble Brewing - Movie Reviews and Movie Ratings". Retrieved 2016-04-09.
  9. ^ "Fanlight Fanny-1935c by George Formby, with lyrics and chords for Ukulele, Guitar Banjo etc". Retrieved 2016-04-09.
  10. ^ "Clinton Ford: Singer and entertainer whose versatility was both his strength and his weakness | Obituaries". The Independent. Retrieved 2016-04-09.
  11. ^ a b Sharon Mawer. "Clinton Ford | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-04-09.
  12. ^ "Clinton Ford". 1931-11-04. Retrieved 2016-04-09.
  13. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 207. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  14. ^ "Clinton Ford: Fan-Dance Fanny (1968)". YouTube. 2013-02-17. Retrieved 2016-04-09.
  15. ^ "Chemical Wedding (2008): Soundtracks". Retrieved 2016-04-09.

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