JOE O GORMAN






Joseph O'Gorman was a famous music hall comedian, singer and dancer, born 24th May 1863 in Dublin. 

 

Joe came to England in 1879 and made his London debut with his partner Horace Wheatly.   When the act broke up, Joe performed as a single turn until he teamed up with Joe Tennyson in 1881. 

 

As Tennyson and O'Gorman they became one of the leading music hall cross-talking acts, until they parted company in 1901 and Joe went solo again.

 

It was in 1914 that Joe teamed up with Wal Pink and together they produced a successful revue called Irish And Proud Of It.

 

Joe O'Gorman was one of the very first members of The Grand Order of Water Rats and he served as King Rat twice (1898 and 1901) and in 1908 he became member number one of of The Variety Artistes Federation, which he founded with Wal Pink, Fred Russell and W.H. Clemart.   It is reported that as chairman of the VAF he led the historic Music Hall Strike which led to improvement in conditions for artistes contracts.

 

Joe O'Gorman made a comeback whilst in retirement in 1933 with a Veterans Variety Company and appeared at the Hackney, Shepherds Bush and Chsiwick Empire.

 

Joe was married twice, first to Maggie Coleman and secondly Jessica Grace known as The Beautiful Jessica for her popular slack wire act.

 

His two sons Joe and Dave O'Gorman also became very popular comedians in Variety as The O'Gorman Brothers. 

 

The great Joe O'Gorman died on 1st August 1937.   He was laid to rest in Putney Vale Cemetery.

 

In August 2014, The Music Hall Guild of Great Britain and America, restored his final resting place. 

 

THE SONGS THAT JOE O'GORMAN SANG:

 

THE BOG TROT 

EPITAPHS

FLANAGAN SIMPLY DID AS HE WAS TOLD

MOLLY O'MALLEY

MY IRISH MOLLY O!

SEZ PAT TO HIMSELF 'WOW-WOW'

THREE MEN WENT ON A-HUNTING

TOP OF THE MORNIN'

WHAT DID PATSY DO?