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Quo to sue over radio `age ban'.

Ageing rockers Status Quo are to sue the BBC after claiming that Radio 1 is refusing to play their records.

Veteran headbangers Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt say their discs have been blacklisted - because they're too old.

And they claim the station's executives, who draw up a weekly playlist, don't like their records.

Now Quo have issued a writ for breach of contract.

The band say they're getting a raw deal and hope to win up to pounds 250,000 in damages from Radio 1.

Francis said: "It is a blanket ban and we are not having that.

"We're getting into the top 40 and we're not getting their support.

"There are many other acts who are older than us."

Status Quo have had 50 hit singles and albums.

Their latest long-playing effort, Don't Stop, has been in the top 10 for the last three weeks.

And their new single, Fun Fun Fun - recorded with Californian wrinklies The Beach Boys - went straight into the Radio 1 chart at No 24 this week.

Francis revealed that the band had been considering taking legal action for the last three years.

He said: "Even if we get into the top five they still won't play us.

"We don't mind if they don't like our records - lots of people don't like them.

"But they are a top 40 station and they should play them."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 1, 1996
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