First there was Tad Gram Style, now there’s Happy.
In 2012, Tadcaster Grammar School teacher Adam Dawson hit the headlines and attracted national media attention with Tad Gram Style, a parody of worldwide sensation Gangnam Style.
With more than a quarter of a million hits on YouTube, £5,000 in the coffers for Children in Need, appearances on television and local radio, Tad Gram Style really put Mr Dawson and his employers on the map.
Now the English teacher, singer/songwriter, has masterminded a cover version of Pharrell Williams’ Happy and is hoping to repeat and better his former success, once again raising thousands of pounds for the BBC’s charity.
“It is incredible to be able to pick up where we left off with Tad Gram Style,” said Mr Dawson.
“There are so many talented people in this school and it still amazes me what can be achieved when everyone pulls together.
“It is not easy to put something of this size together while teaching a full timetable, but I learnt a lot from Tad Gram Style and decided this time to release the song as a single.”
Mr Dawson couldn’t achieve that previously with Tad Gram Style as he had changed the lyrics and for a time hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons, even making it to The Sun newspaper.
“This time we’ve played by the rules and produced a straight cover of Pharrell Williams’ catchy hit Happy.
“For me it’s a great song which raises the spirits, makes you want to sing and dance and that’s what it is all about; pulling together to make a real difference to children’s lives,” stressed Mr Dawson.
“I couldn’t be more ‘Happy’ with the result.”
With filming well on its way and featuring a cast of thousands including schoolchildren, not only from Tadcaster Grammar School, but all the local primary schools, Happy’ also features a few familiar faces with local celebrities happily taking part.
Adam Tomlinson, Anna Wallace and Georgey Spanswick from BBC Radio York all appear on the video.
Closer to home, Tadcaster Albion Football Club directors, players and coaches were delighted to be involved, bringing along their own mascot Taddy Bear, who entered into the spirit of the occasion with his breakdancing.
But the star of the show, was Pudsey Bear, who delighted everyone when he spent a couple of days at Tadcaster Grammar and was then spotted on the streets of the town.
Happy, Tad style will be released on November 10 just in time for Children in Need on Friday November 14.