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"They are convinced it's going to be a real hit"
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Wednesday, 20 June, 2001, 13:00 GMT 14:00 UK
Pensioner is top of the pops
Althea Gaye and Ray Fullard
Althea Gaye and Ray Fullard hit the high notes
Great-gran Althea Gaye is making her second attempt at stardom with a new rap song.

Mrs Gaye, 79, and her song writing partner Ray Fullard are hoping GG Yoga Rap will bring them chart success as well as a record deal.

The duo, under the pseudonym Octave Tinkling Twosome, attempted to shoot to fame last year by releasing a single to mark Aston Villa's FA Cup Run.

A hit proved elusive then but they are hoping things will be different second time around.

I suppose I am a Wendy type from Peter Pan and I love mixing with young people

Althea Gaye
Mrs Gaye and Mr Fullard are filming a video for their new rap song at various locations around Birmingham.

They have enlisted the help of former British heavyweight champion Bunny Johnson who will be 'knocked out' by Mrs Gaye in the video.

Mrs Gaye, who has seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, said: "I've been doing yoga for the past 15 years and the message behind the song is that you're never too old.

'Zest for living'

"I suppose I am a Wendy type from Peter Pan and I love mixing with young people. It gives me the zest for living and I feel like I'm one of them."

The song and video are expected to be released within the next few weeks.

Althea Gaye and Bunny Johnson
Althea Gaye and Bunny Johnson film the video
Mrs Gaye and Mr Fullard, who are both members of the Performing Rights Society, are hoping GG Yoga Rap will attract the attention of a record label.

"Music has been in my blood and we are working very hard to get into the charts with this song.

"We anticipate a record label signing us up, even if it is an independent label."

Last year the duo, who both sing and play instruments, wrote Scoop 2000 for the Chelsea and Aston Villa Cup final.

In an entertainment career spanning decades, Mrs Gaye has also appeared on television alongside big names such as Dame Diana Rigg and Frankie Howard.

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