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Q Is Connie Francis still with us? Janice Carstairs, Kennoway, Fife A The singer, born Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero, is still with us and a very well looking 75-year-old. The 50s singing star reached No1 in the UK with Who's Sorry Now and Stupid Cupid. Her other tunes include Mama, Lipstick on Your Collar and Where The Boys Are. She was bigger in the UK at first than her native US but that changed with Everybody's Somebody's Fool in 1960 which went to No1 in the US. The follow-up My Heart Has a Mind of its Own also hit the top.

Don't Break the Heart That Loves You also went to No1 in the US in 1962. The 70s were not good to her. She was raped in a motel and also had nasal surgery, completely losing her voice. She had to take vocal lessons to get her voice back. Since then, she has continued to perform and record all over the world. You also asked about a fanclub. If you want an autographed photo please include an SAE and write to: PO Box 9859 Glades Road, Suite D3-105, Boca Raton, Florida 33434. If you have access to the internet her website www.conniefrancis.com has a fan area which you might find fun.

Q Can you tell me the name of the song from the beginning and end of the film Kelly's Heroes and who sang it? A The song was Burning Bridges by The Mike Curb Congregation. Mike Curb had scored films in the 60s and in 1971 had a hit with Burning Bridges from the 1970 Clint Eastwood film. The group also had a hit with It's a Small World and featured on Sammy Davis jnr's No1 hit The Candy Man which was featured in the film Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, although sung by actor Aubrey Woods.

Q What is Michael Bolton's highest placed UK single and album? Mary MacLeod, Dundee A How Am I Supposed to Live Without You reached No3 in 1990. His 1992 album Time Love & Tenderness and Greatest Hits (1985-1995) album both got to No2.

Q When was the Winter Olympics first televised? Nick Deanie, East Kilbride A The 1956 games in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, were the first to be televised. The 1968 Games in Grenoble, France, were the first to be broadcast in colour.

Q Did Simply Red ever manage to crack America? Michael Ardrey, Edinburgh A They did indeed. They scored two No1 singles, Holding Back The Years and If You Don't Know Me By Now.

Slam Sam WG Park, from Glasgow, asked: "What did director Alfred Hitchcock feature in the 1960 film Psycho, which had never been seen on film before?" The answer was a flushing toilet.

a when your Although the shower scene is one of the most iconic moments in film history, the humble toilet also caused some raised eyebrows, this time from the censors.

Janet Leigh's character Marion was shown flushing a toilet with its contents Brian (torn-up note paper) clearly shown.

To challenge me for the PS50 weekly prize (provide printed proof of your answer and only the challenger can take the prize), write to me at One Central Quay, Glasgow, G3 8DA.

You're a winner when I print your verified answer, Brian Goodwin, from Glasgow, asked: "Which actor did author Margaret Mitchell want to play Rhett Butler in the film of her book Gone With The Wind?"
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