Ken Barlow heads for the charts

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 September 2010
Bill Roache

William Roache, who plays Ken Barlow

'Coronation Street' star William Roache is set to appear on comedian Harry Hill's upcoming comedy album, with a song about his character in the soap

'Coronation Street' star William Roache is to star on comedian Harry Hill's new album.

The actor - who last week became the longest serving soap star in the world, for his 49 year portrayal of character Ken Barlow - is one of a number of celebrities to appear on the TV comic's record 'Funny Times'.

The 'TV Burp' star signed a deal with Universal Records - the same label as singers Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse and Eminem - to compile the album, which will include funny songs, stories and jokes.

Roache, 78 - who plays Ken Barlow in the hit soap - recorded his voice for the track 'Ken!' which was written especially for his much-loved character.

The comedy track also features a Mariachi-style trumpet rendition of the 'Coronation Street' theme tune, and is expected to chart in the UK by Christmas.

In his song, William sings as Ken, giving details about his life in soap - which has seen him perform many varied jobs, and a turbulent love life including four marriages, being widowed twice and divorced once,

In the song he sings: "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," before listing his love rivals and lamenting his mistakes.

Other TV stars to star on the album include Bruce Forsyth who duets with Harry on Paul Anka and Sammy Davis Jr's legendary hit 'I'm Not Anyone' and 'Newsround' creator John Craven who sings a song called 'Never Be Holly Willoughby Symphony'.

The album will be released on November 8.

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