Isle of Man News - POSTED Thu 22-10-2009

Death of Island resident Clinton Ford

by Manx Radio

Death of Island resident Clinton Ford

The well known entertainer and longtime Isle of Man resident Clinton Ford has died at the age of 77, following a long illness.

He was born Ian George Harrison in Salford, Lancashire on November 4, 1931.

Graham Bell looks back at his life (text, below, from attached audio file):

Clinton Ford's repertoire spanned Jazz, Country and comic songs such as 'The Old Bazaar in Cairo' and 'Fan Dance Fanny'.

In the 1960s he was a regular performer on the BBC Radio Easy Beat programme and on television in the Good Old Days.

An Isle of Man resident for the past 25 years, he also fronted summer season shows at the Gaiety Theatre in Douglas and was a regular for many years at the Isle of Man Jazz Festival.

Clinton Ford leaves a wife, Maggie, four children and eight grandchildren.

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