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Rolf and Quo plan Christmas song

Rick Parfitt and Rolf Harris
Rolf Harris (r) has recorded a collaboration album

Musician Rolf Harris has announced he is teaming up with Status Quo singer and guitarist Rick Parfitt to release a Christmas single this year.

It is 40 years since Harris topped the Christmas charts with the hit song Two Little Boys, which remained in the top slot for six weeks.

The new single, Christmas In The Sun, is scheduled for release on 7 December.

It will go up against the X Factor song, which has been the Christmas number one for the last four years.

Harris's track has been taken from compilation album It's Christmas Time, which is released later this month, and features seasonal recordings by Slade, Girls Aloud, Lady GaGa and Bing Crosby.

The single was inspired by the Harris's memories of growing up in Western Australia in the 1930s, where the Christmas Day ritual was eating roast turkey in the blazing heat.

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The 79-year-old said Status Quo had created a great piece of music to accompany his lyrics.

"They came up with musical surprises and guitar rhythms that sent shivers up and down my spine.

"These guys have given me everything I wanted - a positive, hard-driving sound, lively and bouncing with good times, laughter and tons of fun."

Parfitt added: "Forget Rock 'n' Roll, this is Rick 'n' Rolf. This is a great track that we will be playing for years to come."

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