Showbiz Sam; SLAM SAM
I SAY Elvis was born on August 16, 1935, but a friend says that he died in August and was born in January. Who is right? - James Kitchin, Greenock.
SORRY, she's right. The King was born on January 8, 1935 in East Tupelo, Mississippi. He was found dead on his bathroom floor at Graceland at 2.20pm on August 16, 1977. Pronounced dead at 3.30pm from heart failure, his 42 year-old body had finally caved in to years of self-abuse.
I FIRST heard the beautiful song Lili Marlene when I was a wee boy in Egypt among German PoWs (my father was in the RAF). Who first sang it? - Charles Farmer, Edinburgh.
WRITTEN by Norbert Schultze, Hans Leip and Tommie Connor, it was first recorded in 1944 by Lale Anderson (HMV 7EG 8277). Probably the most famous version was by Marlene Dietrich (Philips BBL 7322).
CAN you please give me any info on the film Rainbow, which told the story of the young Judy Garland? -Joan Simpson, Cardenden.
IT was actually a 1978 TV movie which charted how the young Frances Gumm hit the big time. It starred Andrea McArdleas with Martin Balsam as Louis B. Mayer and Moosie Drier as Mickey Rooney.
A NUMBER of people in our Seventies group are trying to remember who sang the song Life Gets Tedious, Don't It? Can you please help? - Mona Orchard, Stranraer.
IT was written in 1948 by Carson Robinson (MGM 187) or you could try Tex Williams (Capitol CL 13083).
THERE'S a bottle of whisky at stake here. Was John Craven ever a presenter on Blue Peter? - Robert Swan, Stevenston, Ayrshire.
NO, though he was a very popular kids' TV presenter on shows such as Animal Sanctuary, John Craven's Newsround and was on Saturday Superstore and The Multicoloured Swap Shop. …