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Sixties music fans hoping to take Christmas album chart by storm

A group of 1960s music fans are aiming to give today's pop stars a run for their money in the race to be number one at Christmas.

A collection of TV show themes and songs from the decade has been put together on a new album called I Grew Up In The 60s, and it has entered the official UK compilation chart at 15 after one week.

The album includes songs from the Monkees and Tom Jones alongside themes from TV shows and films such as Dixon Of Dock Green and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Gordon Campbell, who runs the Music Kitchen, a production company based in Edinburgh, was one of the co-ordinators of the project.

He said: "It's quirky and seems to have captured people's imagination.

"I don't think I've seen an album before that has music from the Beach Boys and Louis Armstrong beside TV themes from The Avengers and Grandstand.

"It encapsulates the mood and feel of the 1960s rather than just the songs."

Campaigns have led to unlikely Christmas chart hits before, and Mr Campbell, 56, feels the 1960s album has the same momentum.

"Rage Against The Machine beat X Factor a couple of years ago, but our album isn't about rebellion, it's about celebrating the older generations that we still enjoy – so watch out One Direction, Dixon Of Dock Green is on your tail."

The album has been released by EMI, which developed it with the Music Kitchen, and on the day of its release last Monday it was named Amazon's top "Mover and Shaker".

DJ Ally Ballingall, who hosts a daily show on Bauer radio stations across Scotland, said the album had been a hit with listeners.

"Since playing some of the classic songs from it this week we have had a terrific response," she said.

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