The Songaminute Man aims for chart number 1
Ted McDermott, better known to his thousands of internet fans as The Songaminute Man, has signed a record deal at the age of 80 and, despite living with advanced Alzheimer's, is now aiming for number 1 chart success.
Decca Records got in touch with the family after videos of Ted singing his favourite songs in the car with his son Simon went viral, gaining over 40 million views.
Simon posted the videos of their carpool karaoke sessions online to increase awareness for the Alzheimer's Society, and to date has raised over £126,000 for the charity.
With an ever growing legion of fans, Decca invited Ted down to the world famous Abbey Road Studios in London to record Frank Sinatra's classic "You make me feel so young" alongside the Guy Barker Big Band, with "Quando, Quando, Quando" as the B-side.
Alexander Van Ingen, Executive Producer at Decca, said:
'Teddy’s voice is truly remarkable for any singer, let alone one 80 years of age. It’s a captivating sound, full of character and experience. You can hear the worldly understanding of a lifetime.
'His nuance and delivery is perfect for You Make Me Feel So Young and coupled with Quando Quando Quando, the song which caught the imagination of the public for the Songaminute Man’s energy and passion, this is a pairing full of poignancy and uplifting optimism.'
This sense of optimism is what makes Ted's singing so special.
Working in his younger days as a Butlin's Redcoat, Ted has sung all his life. Now despite often not recognising his son, Ted, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's diseases in 2013, still remembers the lyrics to his favourite songs. Simon says that singing is the one thing that helps his Dad relax and become himself again.
'This is a dream come true not only for Dad, but for the entire family. There have been some really tough days in the last few years, especially for mum. The more Alzheimer’s kicked in, the more Dad became aggressive, both physically and verbally. It was incredibly difficult to manage and terrifying at times.
'We threw an 80th birthday party last month and thought that would be his last time singing solo for people, so it’s amazing to think he now has a single coming out. And it’s great to help Alzheimer’s Society, who provide so much support to other families going through the same things as us.'
'We know music can have a positive impact on people affected by dementia and that favourite songs or pieces of music can also be powerful prompts for reminiscence. This is clearly the case when Teddy sings and is transported back to his time as an entertainer.
'We’re incredibly grateful money raised from this single will be used to fund Alzheimer’s Society services like our National Dementia Helpline, which supported Teddy’s family. Teddy’s story shows life doesn’t end when dementia begins, and you can fulfill your dreams even after a dementia diagnosis.'
To help people explore the benefits of singing as an aid to reminiscence the Alzheimer’s Society runs more than 300 Singing for the Brain groups which are aimed at people with dementia and their carers.
Chief Executive, The Alzheimer's Society