Showbiz Sam - the Man in the Know

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DID Liz Dawn (Vera Duckworth in Coronation Street) ever appear on a record with Joe Longthorne? - Alan Lumsden, Edinburgh.

YES, the Corrie battleaxe teamed up with the talented Mr L on the classic Passing Strangers in December 1994 (EMI CDM 362). It peaked at number 34.

I'M a great fan of the big old musical extravaganzas and I've often wondered what Busby Berkeley's real name was. - Frank Caldwell, Paisley.

THE innovative choreographer and director was born William Berkeley Enos in Los Angeles on November 29, 1895. He died on March 14, 1976.

I'LL be 35 on February 1. Can you please tell me what was No 1 when I was born in 1966? - John McArdle, Inverness.

IT was the first of three weeks for Overlanders with Michelle, their only UK entry (Pye 7N 17034).

WHEN did the great comedian Harry Worth die? Is it true that he once was a ventriloquist? - Muriel Mackenzie, Ayr.

BORN Harry Burlon Illingsworth in Tankersley, West Yorkshire on November 20, 1917, he died on July 20, 1989. He went down the mines aged 14, then became a mechanic in the RAF during WWII. He entertained fellow troops with his hobby as a ventriloquist and gained experience in Gang Shows. He then toured with Stan Laurel for two years, who advised him to drop dummies Fotheringay and Clarence and become a stand-up comic. His bumbling style developed when his nerve failed him at the Newcastle Empire.

WHO was the unseen zither player in the film The Third Man? - John Sutherland, Aberdeen.

ANTON Karas played his own compositions in the 1949 romantic thriller set in war-torn Vienna, starring Joseph Cotton, Trevor Howard and Orson Welles. …