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Carpool karaoke star Ted, 79, goes viral

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Media captionTed McDermott and his son Simon sang Quando, Quando, Quando

A former Butlin's Redcoat who is suffering from Alzheimer's has become an internet star singing carpool karaoke.

Ted McDermott, 79 - also known online as The Songaminute Man - was diagnosed with dementia in 2013 after decades of entertaining in pubs and clubs.

He was filmed by his son singing Quando, Quando, Quando in the car as they drove around Blackburn in May.

The videos have now been watched by thousands around the world on YouTube.

"It's gone crazy," his son Simon McDermott, 40, said.

Image copyright Simon McDermott
Image caption Ted McDermott was a Butlin's Redcoat and used to work in Blackpool

"The song Quando, Quando, Quando has been really popular. People love it. We have a link on it to our fund-raising page.

"We've nearly raised £30,000 for the Alzheimer's Society now."

The Carpool Karaoke craze originated with James Corden's Late Late Show in the United States, which features stars such as Adele and Michelle Obama singing along with Corden in a car.

"We've had messages from people all over the world saying the videos have brought them so much joy," added Mr McDermott.

"I'm hoping to put some more videos up. I'd love to get him singing with a band, he'd really love that.

Image copyright Simon McDermott
Image caption Simon McDermott, right with his dad, centre, and family friend Andy McKenzie at Ted's 80th birthday party

"My dad's been a singer all his life and entertainer all his life singing in cubs across the North West.

"He's 80 on Sunday and he is the eldest of 14, so we had a big party for him.

"He's a real character and he loves singing. He's got a good voice."

Image copyright Simon McDermott
Image caption Ted McDermott has been a singer all his life

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