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Andrew Atkinson of Los MOntesinos is currently researching Formby's links to Spain

LOS Montesinos author Andrew Atkinson has unveiled a ‘forgotten’ relatively unknown 1940s song by late ukulele legend George Formby: ‘I Played On My Spanish Guitar’.

Andrew, who is finalising his book, ‘Formby’s Lost Love’, researched Formby’s link with Spain, unearthing a rendition of ‘The Lancashire Torreador’, with ‘I Played On My Spanish Guitar’ previously unheard by him.
"George Formby was a likeable character – who became Britain’s biggest star – and to come across the song ‘I Played On My Spanish Guitar’ was quite surprising," said Andrew.

Andrew, who has a home in Los Montesinos, Alicante, and also in Lancashire, is writing the life story about Formby’s fiancee Pat Howson, who resided from Penwortham, Preston, where Andrew lives.
A London publisher has asked for the completed manuscript of ‘Formby’s Lost Love’ once finished which is scheduled for publication in 2015.

I Played On My Spanish Guitar

I’m Bull Tonsilliter, the finest bullfighter that ever came out of Madrid.
With bulls I can juggle, though madly they struggle, they can’t get away from this kid
There’s nobody else could be keener, it’s a treat to watch me fight the bull.
Then I play on my Spanish guitar, tralla, la, la, la, la, la, 1a, la.
I chase them all round the arena and make nasty scars on their skull.
She loves drinking wine ’til she’s full.
It must be a good un, it isn’t a dud un, I bought it at Woolworth’s bazaar, ha,ha.

The president’s wife is the curse of his life,
"There was a young lady from Gloucester."
One night she got canned and fell out o’ grandstand
Right onto a nasty big bull.
Then over it’s head the bull tossed her,
I laughted and began to recite
She’s got to stand up in the car, ha, ha.
And the bullocks all roared with delight.
Then I played on my Spanish guitar,
Now I’m sure that old dame’s got a scar.
The bull caught her bending, it’s really heart rending
His eyes they were staring and glassy,
I’ve had lots of fights and I’ve had a few frights,
There was once when the bull got me down.
He jumped on my corns and stuck both of his horns
In my shanty in old shanty town.
I could feel his hot breath in my ear.
You’ll find him on sale in the bar, ha, ha.
So I stabbed him three times in the chassis
And wished him a happy new year.
Then I played on my Spanish guitar
While the people all shouted "hurrah".
That bull got a shock, so he turned into Oxo,
I’ve left old Madrid, it’s a good job I did
‘cos I’ve mixed all the bulls with the cows.
I’d get shot if I went there again.
They gave me the sack but I got my own back
They’ll be sorry they chased me from Spain.
I’ll bet that old town is excited,
In the bull ring there’ll be lots of rows.
But the animals, they’ll be delighted
So I play on my Spanish guitar,
’till I’ve mastered this lousy guitar, ha, ha.
If I practise I’ll soon be a star.
But don’t tell a soul, ‘cos I’m going on the dole
’till I’ve mastered this lousy guitar, ha, ha.

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