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IT'S STILL AMAZING!; 25 years on Tony's still top of the pipes.

Scotland's unlikeliest pop stars are taking to the world stage again ...

Twenty-Five years after they topped the charts.

It's a quarter of a century since the pipes and drums of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards took Amazing Grace to number one in the charts.

And the 50-odd military men who played on the original, backed by a huge choir, will be the highlight of this year's Edinburgh Tattoo.

Yesterday, Major Tony Crease, the man behind Amazing Grace, said: "It will be one of the proudest moments of my life."

The band recorded the tune at Redford Barracks in Edinburgh as a SPACE FILLER.

It was Tony Crease's idea to record it to fill up an album to mark the merging of two regiments - the Greys and the Carabiniers - to form the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

He played solo on the track and led the band members on a worldwide tour.

Tony, now quartermaster at Catterick Barracks in York-shire, said: "It was put on the album Farewell To The Greys and was a phenomenal success.

"We couldn't believe it.

"It earned us 14 gold discs from all over the world."

He added: "The Tattoo will be quite an event. We are also staging a reunion at Queen Victoria School in Dunblane on July 26. The response from the original line- up has been brilliant. Most of the guys will be at both. "

He played down his own part in suggesting the tune, adding: "There are so many people who should take credit."

At the Tattoo, the band will play Amazing Grace accompanied by a massive choir.

Tony added: "It should make for a spectacular show."

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards were in good company in the charts of '72.

Harry Nilsson's classic Without You was at No2 while ex-Beatle Ringo Starr had Back Off Boogaloo at No 4.

This was a Top Twenty filled with classics, including Don McLean's masterpiece, American Pie and Marc Bolan's T Rex rocking on with Debora.
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Date:Jul 13, 1997
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