It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.

Please ensure you are using the latest Flash Player.


If you are unable or do not wish to upgrade your Flash Player,
please try a different browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora Plus subscription will expire shortly.
More Info
No Thanks
Your Pandora Plus trial will expire shortly.
Restore
Close
close
Your Pandora Plus trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
Upgrade Now
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora Plus.
More Info
No Thanks
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
 Upgrade  sign up   |   help   |  
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

Free personalized radio that
plays the music you love

Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

Clinton Ford

Clinton Ford was a singer of romantic ballads and country & western-style novelties who enjoyed a few hit singles in the late '50s and early '60s. His biggest hit was with the song "Fanlight Fanny" in 1962. He was born Ian George Stopford Harrison in Salford, Manchester, on November 4, 1931. His first professional outing was as the leader of a group called the Backwards Skiffle Group, although he admitted the music wasn't really skiffle but cashed in on the biggest craze at the time. After a stint working as a Butlins Redcoat entertainer, he returned to his family home town of Liverpool to try his luck as a solo singer, appearing at the recently opened Cavern Club. He was signed to Oriole Records, and after several false starts -- a fellow Redcoat, Russ Hamilton, had recorded a big hit with "We Will Make Love," and Ford had wanted to record the Marty Robbins hit "The Story of My Life," but was beaten to it in the U.K. by the Columbia artist Michael Holliday -- he formed another skiffle band, the Hallelujah Skiffle Group. However, skiffle was already on its way out of fashion and success was not forthcoming for the band. Finally, Ford had his first taste of chart success late in 1959 with a cover of the Red Foley-composed song "Old Shep," albeit for just one week. Nevertheless, Ford had the only version of this famous song ever to chart in the U.K.

Not able to give up on chasing the fads of the time, his next chart entry was "Too Many Beautiful Girls" in a trad jazz style, and for his biggest hit he looked back to the music hall days of George Formby, who had recorded "Fanlight Fanny" in 1935. This led to an eponymous album that hit number 16 in 1962. After touring for a while with Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen, he returned for a stint at Liverpool's Cavern Club to find that the market for trad jazz and country & western-style novelties had been replaced by the sounds of a certain local band called the Beatles. He signed to Columbia Records, but his career was effectively over and just one more hit followed five years later in 1967, a country song, "Run to the Door" on the Piccadilly label, a subsidiary of Pye Records. Although he continued to record and release albums and singles, none of them were remotely commercially successful and he continued appearing in pantomimes and small revival concerts, ultimately retiring to the Isle of Man, where, as of 2008, he still lives. ~ Sharon Mawer
full bio

Selected Discography

x

Track List: The Essential Collection

1. Old Shep

2. Fan Dance Fanny

3. My Baby's Wild About My Old Trombone

4. The Old Bazaar In Cairo

5. Run To The Door

6. Dandy

7. This Song Is Just For You

8. The Last One To Say Goodnight

9. Tennessee Waltz

10. The Lancashire Toreador

11. The Oyster Song

12. Miss Hooligan's Christmas Cake

13. Some Sunday Morning

14. Somewhere My Love

15. He Played His Ukelele As The Ship Went Down

16. Lonelyville

17. Burlington Bertie

18. Why Don't Women Like Me?

19. Rhymes

20. The Old Fashioned Bustle My Grandmother Wore

21. The Biggest Balalaika In The World

22. American Girl

23. The Pig Got Up And Slowly Walked Away

24. Michael Finnegan

25. The Greatest Clown

26. West Wind Blow Me Home

27. Moonlight Brings Memories

28. Hörst Du Mein Heimliches Rufen

29. Rhythm Of The Rain

30. Try A Little Tenderness

x

Track List: Music Hall Memories

1. The Old Bazaar in Cairo

2. Aba Daba Honeymoon

3. Fan Dance Fanny

4. My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time

5. Burlington Bertie

6. Why Don't Women Like Me?

7. The Night I Appeared as Macbeth

8. My Baby's Wild About My Old Trombone

9. Riley's Cowshed

10. Michael Finnegan

11. The Lancashire Toreador

12. He Played His Ukelele as the Ship Went Down

13. The Pig Got Up and Slowly Walked Away

14. The Biggest Balalaika in the World

15. Rhymes

16. I Love Me

17. The Old Fashioned Bustle My Grandmother Wore

18. When It's Night-Time in Italy It's Wednesday Over Here

19. Daisy Bell

20. The Old Rugged Cross

Comments

Don't have a Pandora account? Sign up

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

It looks like your browser does not support modern SSL/TLS. Please upgrade your browser.

If you need help, please email: pandora-support@pandora.com.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[114, 126, 125, 102, 91, 73, 93, 105, 110, 120, 77, 80, 102, 78, 84, 106, 99, 83, 95, 75, 84, 94, 67, 108, 117, 89, 108, 72, 124, 123, 99, 126, 68, 106, 112, 116, 95, 111, 101, 119, 97, 80, 65, 69, 87, 87, 94, 71, 76, 116, 102, 91, 75, 92, 68, 103, 64, 108, 110, 96, 116, 68, 75, 106, 92, 94, 127, 80, 72, 69, 107, 85, 89, 105, 80, 89, 72, 127, 72, 68, 95, 71, 94, 86, 119, 80, 86, 95, 91, 112, 86, 112, 99, 76, 68, 84, 103, 78, 74, 87, 98, 117, 110, 77, 65, 120, 102, 116, 120, 109, 107, 92, 64, 121, 85, 120, 69, 91, 69, 110, 76, 118, 65, 83, 116, 71, 82, 109, 74, 127, 79, 98, 106, 64, 71, 114, 124, 68, 111, 97, 73, 108, 121, 96, 103, 79, 111, 99, 105, 105, 89, 127, 92, 87, 67, 86, 86, 80, 79, 67, 68, 126, 110, 88, 103, 95, 67, 100, 100, 112, 102, 113, 70, 125, 113, 97, 86, 86, 103, 112, 68, 100, 115, 69, 100, 90, 76, 93, 117, 113, 108, 87, 112, 76, 79, 69, 124, 71, 97, 68, 87, 119, 114, 98, 123, 88, 89, 116, 72, 71, 67, 81, 69, 89, 71, 106, 124, 76, 95, 95, 101, 106, 68, 110, 70, 72, 80, 78, 73, 71, 126, 104, 107, 117, 103, 121, 82, 67, 81, 87, 115, 70, 96, 104, 116, 73, 104, 87, 97, 71, 75, 94, 87, 93, 98, 127, 126, 65, 80, 114, 70, 69, 89, 120, 106, 109, 89, 97, 75, 93, 107, 121, 120, 86, 108, 108, 71, 105, 114, 109, 111, 112, 126, 118, 121, 64, 72, 102, 123, 92, 70, 96, 116, 80, 85, 83, 123, 76, 86, 112, 113, 123, 92, 84, 102, 103, 120, 69, 84, 69, 65, 89, 92, 89, 79, 103, 102, 115, 122, 109, 77, 82, 114, 89, 124, 93, 77, 86, 81, 106, 113, 67, 106, 65, 117, 116, 105, 92, 119, 117, 73, 94, 77, 91, 71, 98, 106, 127, 73, 87, 68, 88, 122, 69, 87, 112, 110, 73, 93, 107, 67, 89, 109, 118, 77, 67, 110, 78, 84, 108, 90, 121, 83, 96, 77, 103, 68, 120, 114, 115, 126, 79, 64, 79, 104, 114, 87, 80, 110, 84, 72, 67, 114, 99, 66, 113, 71, 101, 127, 71, 86, 119, 80, 119, 126, 96, 68, 119, 124, 93, 65, 97, 114, 65, 93, 68, 72, 113, 81, 90, 116, 91, 81, 76, 81, 82, 64, 87, 76, 75, 78, 127, 126, 116, 109, 97, 65, 100, 81, 118, 74, 67, 98, 124, 66, 123, 98, 120, 96, 93, 100, 86, 74, 73, 111, 88, 125, 117, 71, 73, 91, 125, 97, 90, 116, 89, 113, 108, 78, 123, 106, 100, 118, 116, 102, 96, 80, 95, 116, 67, 89, 68, 114, 119, 90, 77, 115, 67, 121, 109, 100, 72, 66, 93, 108, 74, 72, 91, 115, 116, 70, 97, 89, 78, 92, 81, 117, 87, 99, 113, 89, 113]