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Corrie veteran Roache in chart bid

Coronation Street stalwart William Roache could be headed for the charts - after teaming up with Harry Hill to work on his album.

Roache, who was last week named the longest-serving soap star in the world, is among those making cameo appearances on Hill's forthcoming album.

Hill has named the album Funny Times after apparently abandoning his earlier proposed title Sgt Pepper's Volume 2.

The TV Burp comic has signed a deal with Island Records to release the comedy album in November.

Roache, 78, recorded his spoken word vocal specially for the track Ken!, which is billed as an Ennio Morricone-style "Spaghetti Western inspired paean to Ken Barlow". It also features a Mariachi-style trumpet rendition of the Corrie theme tune.

In it he says: "I was a librarian, I was a teacher, I was a trolley-pusher, I was a taxi driver - now I am a free man."

He also recites the line: "I know where the bodies are buried on the street," and he goes on to lament his mistakes and run though a list of his love rivals.

Roache has been with the show since it launched in 1960 and it will celebrate its 50th birthday on December 9.

Also featuring on the album are stars such as Bruce Forsyth, who duets with Hill on Paul Anka and Sammy Davis Jr's I'm Not Anyone. Newsround creator John Craven also appears on the album on a track called Never Be Holly Willoughby Symphony.

The album is released on November 8.

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