Did you know that two of Britain’s best ventriloquists – Terry Hall and Arthur Worsley – came from Oldham? Perhaps you might recognise them better from their alter egos – Lenny the Lion and Charlie Brown.
Worsley and Charlie Brown were so good that legendary TV host Ed Sullivan invited them back to the USA to star in his show year after year. And Lenny the Lion became so famous that the Beatles queued up to appear on his music show in the early 1960s!
How well do you remember them and other variety acts from the 1950s to the 1980s? Why not test your knowledge in our weekly quiz and share your score with friends?
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Which confection did Lenny the Lion advertise for three years?
At what age did Arthur Worsley make his debut at the Casino, Rusholme, billed as ‘The World’s Youngest Ventriloquist’?
What was the name of Roger De Courcey’s famous puppet?
Arthur Worsley and Charlie Brown featured on the same Ed Sullivan show which saw the third and last appearance of Elvis Presley on the programme in January 1957. What was Elvis’s first UK Number One single in the same year?
What was the name of the bird that couldn’t fly – the downcast puppet of Keith Harris?
The Beatles appeared on the Lenny the Lion music show Pops and Lenny, which ran from 1962 to 1963, performing the singles Please, Please Me and From Me to You. What position did Please, Please Me peak at in the UK singles chart?
Ventriloquist Ray Alan was best known for a rather upper class dummy, the first to be fitted with its own personal microphone. What was the puppet’s name?
Arthur Worsley and Charlie Brown appeared with Morecambe and Wise in a touring show in 1968 along with trumpet player Eddie Calvert. Charlie’s catchphrase was repeated many times. What was it?
American ventriloquist and entertainer Shari Lewis made her puppets out of socks! Which puppet was her major character, appearing on almost all of her shows?
Peter Brough, pictured, and his smartly dressed dummy Archie Andrews proved stiff competition for the Oldham ventriloquists in the 1950s. What was the name of their famous radio and TV show?
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