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Group are on song for Radio Two date

PUBLISHED: 10:04 03 April 2009 | UPDATED: 08:41 06 July 2010

ON SONG: The Testostatones.

ON SONG: The Testostatones.

A FOUR piece a cappella group from Lowestoft got more than they bargained for when they responded to a radio phone-in.

And now The Testostatones have received so much national interest they have been invited to perform live today on Simon Mayo's drive time show on Radio Two.

A FOUR piece a cappella group from Lowestoft got more than they bargained for when they responded to a radio phone-in.

And now The Testostatones have received so much national interest they have been invited to perform live today on Simon Mayo's drive time show on Radio Two.

The group made up of Stephen and Paul Amer and their cousins, brothers Bim and Richard Ainslie, had tuned into the programme on Monday evening where the famous Brits School, in London, were performing the show's jingle.

Simon, who is filling for Chris Evans, asked his listeners if they could do better and Stephen texted in to suggest that they could.

Stephen was shocked the next day when a researcher from the show rang him to ask whether they would be able to sing the May-o jingle, an interpreted version of the well known Banana Boat song Day-o, by Harry Belafonte.

Quickly The Testostatones got their heads together and re-wrote the words to suit the show ready for their performance just after the six o'clock news on Tuesday.

But nothing prepared them for the reaction they received after Radio Two were inundated with enquiries as to who they were and how they could get more information on them.

Simon Mayo was so impressed that he has invited them back by popular demand today to close the show with their version of the jingle.

With two of the four members being teachers, there were worries that the family group would have to pass up their big break, but their schools, including Denes High School, in Yarmouth Road, who employ Richard, are supporting the venture wholeheartedly.

To hear the group live on Radio Two, tune into 88-91fm, between 5pm and 7pm today.

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